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INTERCLAY II is a benchmarking exercise involving the numerical modelling of the rheology of clays. Its broad objectives are to improve confidence in long-term predictions of the geomechanical behaviour in situations relevant to the underground disposal of radioactive waste. Over the 3 years of the project, issues affecting the reliability of computer predictions of the thermo-mechanical behaviour of clays have been addressed by means of a series of benchmarks of increasing complexity. The project was organised into three distinct phases: the first concentrated on the verification of the computer codes, tbe second progressed towards validation using well controlled laboratory tests as a basis and the third stage endeavoured to model in situ behaviour. The benchmarks were focused on the geomechanical behaviour of the Boom clay at the underground facility at Mol, but despite this focus, the project is of generic interest in all instances where reliance is placed on computer prediction of clay behaviour.

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Authors: JEFFRIES R M, W S Atkins Science and Technology, Epsom (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16498 EN (1995) 33 pp., FS, ECU 7
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ISBN: ISBN 92-827-4516-3
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