The Technical Challenge of Mechanized Excavation for Nuclear Waste Repositories

by Antony Ivan Smith, Tunnelling Technology Corp, Park City, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


The requirements of mechanized tunnelling and shafting techniques within this newly developing field, namely the excavation of Nuclear Waste Repositories, will challenge the designers to meet and exceed goals that have not yet been encountered. Even though there are great similarities in tunneling to the traditional mining techniques, such as drill and blast, there are such great differences between methods that no real comparison between mechanized excavation and mining can be made.

Subject Headings: Excavation | Radioactive wastes | Equipment and machinery | Blasting effects | Comparative studies | Construction costs | Tunneling | Shoals

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