In Situ Experiments to Support Development of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)

  • A. R. Sattler
  • H. C. Walker
  • T. O. Hunter
Part of the Advances in Nuclear Science & Technology book series (ANST)


The main thrust of the WIPP in situ activities will be those associated with the WIPP early shaft complex to be planned and developed in the FY80-81 time frame. In this early shaft complex, there will be significant geological investigations. There will also be complexes for the following:

Large-scale rock mechanics design verification Drifts with the heat load of anticipated waste Experiments to address technical issues of: (1) TRU waste emplacement and retrieval (without radioactivity) Non-radioactive high level waste interactions Thermal structural experiments Stable nuclide migration Brine migration Permeability Borehole plugging Operation and design Instrumentation development and monitoring Waste interaction investigations include corrosion, getter (multibarrier) development, nuclide transport (stable nuclides), i.e. those areas where preliminary information can be obtained without radioactivity. This project is (10/79) in the early planning and layout phase.


Fluid Inclusion Hole Closure Stainless Steel Coupon Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Bench Scale Experiment 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. R. Sattler
    • 1
  • H. C. Walker
    • 1
  • T. O. Hunter
    • 1
  1. 1.Sandia LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA

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