Integrated Test Evaluation Decision Framework for the Yucca Mountain Project

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by Bruce R. Judd, Decision Analysis Co, Portola Valley, United States,
Steven R. Mattson, Decision Analysis Co, Portola Valley, United States,
Jean L. Younker, Decision Analysis Co, Portola Valley, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1993

Abstract: An Integrated Test Evaluation decision framework and computer model were developed to help prioritize site-characterization tests at Yucca Mountain. An initial application of the framework evaluated studies described in the Department of Energy's Site Characterization Plan. Priorities were based on the ability of tests to detect unsuitable site conditions, to demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements, and to build confidence and support within the scientific community. Testing costs were also considered. Results showed priorities to depend most on estimates of the abilities of tests to build scientific confidence and least on estimates of the ability to detect unsuitable site conditions.

Subject Headings: Radioactive wastes | Model tests | Frames | Computer models | Flow simulation | Groundwater flow | Mathematical models | Simulation models |

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