Computed Distributions of Residual Shaft Drilling and Drift Construction Water in the Exploratory Facilities at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

by Roger R. Eaton, Sandia Natl Lab, United States,
Andrew C. Peterson, Sandia Natl Lab, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


The Yucca Mountain Project is studying the feasibility of constructing a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in southwest Nevada. One activity of site characterization is the construction of two exploratory shafts. This paper contains the results of engineering analytical calculations of the potential distribution of residual construction water in the exploratory shafts and drifts and numerical calculations of the movement of the residual water and how the movement is affected by drift ventilation. In all cases the increase in rock saturation resulting from the construction water was extremely small.

Subject Headings: Water management | Construction sites | Radioactive wastes | Waste sites | Shafts | Feasibility studies | Water supply systems | Numerical analysis | Nevada | United States

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