Optimization Method for Dimensioning a Geological HLW Waste Repository

by N. Ouvrier, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, France,
L. Chaudon, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, France,
J. Malherbe, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, France,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


This method was developed by the CEA to optimize the dimensions of a geological repository by taking account of technical and economic parameters. It involves optimizing radioactive waste storage conditions on the basis of economic criteria with allowance for specified thermal constraints. The results are intended to identify trends and guide the choice from among available options; simple and highly flexible models were therefore used in this study, and only nearfield thermal constraints were taken into consideration. Because of the present uncertainty on the physicochemical properties of the repository environment and on the unit cost figures, this study focused on developing a suitable method rather than on obtaining definitive results.

Subject Headings: Optimization models | Geology | Waste management | Waste storage | Radioactive wastes | Economic factors | Thermal analysis | Energy storage | France | Europe

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