Evaluating the Moisture Conditions in the Fractured Rock at Yucca Mountain: The Impact of Natural Convection Processes in Heated Emplacement Drifts

@inproceedings{Birkholzer2005EvaluatingTM,
  title={Evaluating the Moisture Conditions in the Fractured Rock at Yucca Mountain: The Impact of Natural Convection Processes in Heated Emplacement Drifts},
  author={Jens T. Birkholzer and Sharon W. Webb and N. Halecky and Per F. Peterson and Gudmundur S. Bodvarsson},
  year={2005}
}
The energy output of the high-level radioactive waste to be emplaced in the proposed geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, will strongly affect the thermal-hydrological (TH) conditions in the near-drift fractured rock. Heating of rock water to above-boiling conditions will induce large water saturation changes and flux perturbations close to the waste emplacement tunnels (drifts) that will last several thousand years. Understanding these perturbations is important for the performance… CONTINUE READING

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