Environmental Geology

, Volume 57, Issue 6, pp 1255–1261 | Cite as

Model development and calibration for the coupled thermal, hydraulic and mechanical phenomena of the bentonite

  • Masakazu Chijimatsu
  • Lenart Börgesson
  • Tomoo Fujita
  • Petri Jussila
  • Son Nguyen
  • Jonny Rutqvist
  • Lanru Jing
Special Issue


In the international DECOVALEX-THMC project, five research teams study the influence of thermal-hydro-mechanical (THM) coupling on the safety of a hypothetical geological repository for spent fuel. In order to improve the analyses, the teams calibrated their bentonite models with results from laboratory experiments, including swelling pressure tests, water uptake tests, thermally gradient tests, and the CEA mock-up THM experiment. This paper describes the mathematical models used by the teams, and compares the results of their calibrations with the experimental data.


DECOVALEX Radioactive waste 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masakazu Chijimatsu
    • 1
  • Lenart Börgesson
    • 2
  • Tomoo Fujita
    • 3
  • Petri Jussila
    • 4
  • Son Nguyen
    • 5
  • Jonny Rutqvist
    • 6
  • Lanru Jing
    • 7
  1. 1.Hazama CorporationTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Clay TechnologyLundSweden
  3. 3.Japan Atomic Energy AgencyTokaiJapan
  4. 4.Helsinki University of TechnologyHelsinkiFinland
  5. 5.Canadian Nuclear Safety CommissionOttawaCanada
  6. 6.Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryBerkeleyUSA
  7. 7.Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

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