Research Program to Develop and Validate Conceptual Models for Flow and Transport Through Unsaturated, Fractured Rockby R. J. Glass, Sandia Natl Lab, Albuquerque, United States,
V. C. Tidwell, Sandia Natl Lab, Albuquerque, United States,
Abstract: As part of the Yucca Mountain Project, our research program to develop and validate conceptual models for flow and transport through unsaturated fractured rock integrates fundamental physical experimentation with conceptual model formulation and mathematical modeling. Our research is directed toward developing and validating macroscopic, continuum-based models and supporting effective property models because of their widespread utility within the context of this project. Success relative to the development and validation of effective property models is predicted on a firm understanding of the basic physics governing flow through fractured media, specifically in the areas of unsaturated flow and transport in a single fracture and fracture-matrix interaction.
Subject Headings: Mathematical models | Cracking | Validation | Unsaturated flow | Radioactive wastes | Physical models | Rocks | Research and development
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