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Far Field Thermal Calculations for the WIPP Site in Southeastern New Mexico (SENM)

  • S. B. Pahwa
  • J. R. Wayland
Part of the Advances in Nuclear Science & Technology book series (ANST)

Abstract

The evaluation of the safe burial of heat producing radioactive waste in bedded salt requires estimates of the increased temperatures introduced into the surrounding geological strata. The specific problem of the far field (regional) temperature field calculation and the interaction with existing aquifers is considered for a specific site (the WIPP site in SENM).** The hydrologic transport of radionuclides in the geologic media is modeled by a finite-difference solution of the coupled pressure, energy, and mass transport equations. Thus, the same model can be used to investigate temperature increases in the aquifers and at the WIPP ground surface. Also, the dependence of the temperature changes with aquifer and thermophysical parameter variations will be studied. The purpose of this work is to perform a sensitivity analysis of emplacement scenarios upon the temperature gradients and heat flow of the near-surface geologic media.

Keywords

Grid Block Emplacement Horizon Sandia Laboratory Constant Temperature Boundary Vertical Grid Spacing 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. B. Pahwa
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. R. Wayland
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.INTERAHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Sandia LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA

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