Accession Number : ADA191174

Title :   Development and Implementation of Instrumentation for WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) Test Series A of the Small-Scale Seal Performance Tests.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS STRUCTURES LAB

Personal Author(s) : Ainsworth, Donnie L

PDF Url : ADA191174

Report Date : Jan 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 64

Abstract : The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) facility is a research and development facility being developed by the US Department of Energy (DOE) near Carlsbad, New Mexico for the purpose of demonstrating the safe disposal of radioactive waste accumulated from the United States defense programs. The WIPP facility is located in a bedded-salt deposit 2150 ft (656m) below the ground surface. Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) is conducting a repository sealing Research and Development Program at the WIPP facility. The work discussed in this report was in support of Test Series A of the Small-Scale Seal Performance Tests being conducted at the WIPP facility for SNL. The Small-Scale Seal Performance Tests consists of a series of in-situ experiments designed to evaluate the performance of various candidate seal materials emplaced in boreholes in the host rock. At the request of SNL, the Concrete Technology Division (CTD) of Waterways Experiment Station (WES) developed an instrumentation program of sufficient magnitude to support the thermal and structural studies of the concrete seal to rock system being conducted for SNL by others at CTD WES and SNL. The test program consisted of two phases: a laboratory mockup of the Test Series A configuration, conducted at WES; and a Test Series A field experiment, conducted underground at the WIPP facility.

Descriptors :   *RADIOACTIVE WASTES, *SEALS(STOPPERS), *WASTE DISPOSAL, BOREHOLES, CONCRETE, DISPOSAL, FIELD TESTS, GROUND LEVEL, INSTRUMENTATION, ISOLATION, NEW MEXICO, PILOT PLANTS, ROCK, SAFETY, STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES, SURFACES, THERMAL PROPERTIES, WASTES, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), LABORATORY TESTS

Subject Categories : Radiation Pollution and Control
      Radioactiv, Radioactive Wastes & Fission Prod
      Adhesives, Seals and Binders

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE