Structural Stability Analysis of Waste Packages Containing Low- and Intermediate-Level Radioactive Waste in a Silo-type Repository
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- Structural Stability Analysis of Waste Packages Containing Low- and Intermediate-Level Radioactive Waste in a Silo-type Repository
- Byeon, Hyeongjin; Jeong, Gwan Yoon; Park, Jaeyeong
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- KOREAN NUCLEAR SOC
- NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, v.53, no.5, pp.1524 - 1533
- The structural stability of a waste package is essential for containing radioactive waste for the long term in a repository. A silo-type disposal facility would require more severe verification for the structural integrity, because of radioactive waste packages staked with several tens of meters and overburdens of crushed rocks and shotcretes. In this study, structural safety was analyzed for a silo-type repository, located approximately 100 m below sea level in Gyeongju, Korea. Finite element simulation was per -formed to investigate the influence of the loads from the backfilling materials and waste package stacks on the mechanical stress of the disposed of wastes and containers. It was identified that the current design of the waste package and the compressive strength criterion for the solidified waste would not be enough to maintain structural stability. Therefore, an enhanced criterion for the compressive strength of the solidified waste and several reinforced structural designs for the disposal concrete container were proposed to prevent failure of the waste package based on the results of parametric studies.
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