Monitoring of capping for radionuclide-contaminated wastes using remote-sensing technology

Takayuki Shimaoka, Hirofumi Nakayama, Yasuyuki Kimura, Ichiro Hiura, Akira Kimura

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Abstract

In Fukushima and the surrounding area, decontamination work is performed by removing radioactive materials, mainly containing radioactive cesium, from soil surfaces, grass and trees, and buildings. The decontamination waste is put in container bags and brought to temporary storage sites. To prevent infiltration of rainwater into the stored waste, bags must be capped with impervious geomembrane sheets or air-permeable waterproof sheets. Visual inspection is normally used to determine the soundness of such liners. However, the area of the storage site is very large and there are more than 1000 storage sites constructed by the government and municipal administrations. It is difficult to cover entire storage sites with the limited information from visual inspection by workers. Aerial monitoring with drones is one effective method to help solve such problems. A questionnaire revealed that the most common cause of damage to upper capping liners was stress from rainwater puddles on the capping. 3D models could be used for deformation evaluation of capping liners and estimating volumes of puddles. This study generated 3D models via SfM analysis of the images photographed by drones and aimed to develop a method to estimate the damage endangered area by estimating the tensile stress and strain distribution with FEM using the coordinate data of the point groups forming the 3D models as the input data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication11th International Conference on Geosynthetics 2018, ICG 2018
PublisherKorean Geosynthetics Society
Pages3221-3227
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781713806080
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event11th International Conference on Geosynthetics 2018, ICG 2018 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Sep 16 2018Sep 21 2018

Publication series

Name11th International Conference on Geosynthetics 2018, ICG 2018
Volume4

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Geosynthetics 2018, ICG 2018
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period9/16/189/21/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Atmospheric Science

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