Instrumentation Requirements for the ESF Thermomechanical Experimentsby John Pott, Sandia Natl Lab, Albuquerque, United States,
C. E. Brechtel, Sandia Natl Lab, Albuquerque, United States,
Abstract: In situ thermomechanical experiments are planned as part of the Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project that require instruments to measure stress and displacement at temperatures that exceed the typical specifications of existing geotechnical instruments. A high degree of instrument reliability will also be required to satisfy the objectives of the experiments, therefore a study was undertaken to identify areas where improvement in instrument performance was required. A preliminary list of instruments required for the experiments was developed, based on existing test planning and analysis. Projected temperature requirements were compared to specifications of existing instruments to identify instrumentation development needs. Different instrument technologies, not currently employed in geotechnical instrumentation, were reviewed to identify potential improvements of existing designs for the high temperature environment. Technologies with strong potentials to improve instrument performance with relatively high reliability include graphite fiber composite materials, fiber optics, and video imagery.
Subject Headings: Instrumentation | Radioactive wastes | Geotechnical engineering | Temperature effects | Fabrics | Composite materials | Field tests
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