Ventilation and Construction Considerations for a High Level Nuclear Waste Repository

by Richard V. Wyman, Univ of Nevada, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


The storage of high level nuclear waste in an underground repository presents engineering problems in ventilation, construction methods and plan, and in proposed retrievability. Temperatures from stored nuclear materials rise rapidly during emplacement, forcing rapid excavation methods and very high repository ventilation rates. Continued heating brings temperatures over boiling after 50 or 100 years of storage. Radically different repository concepts are suggested to replace current design.

Subject Headings: Ventilation | Construction wastes | Radioactive wastes | Waste storage | Mine wastes | Construction materials | Underground construction | Underground storage

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