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Bentonite mechanical evolution

Objective

The overall objective of the project is to develop and test the tools necessary for the assessment of the hydro-mechanical evolution of an installed bentonite barrier and its resulting performance. This will be achieved by cooperation between design and engineering, science and performance assessment. The evolution from an installed engineered system to a fully functioning barrier will be assessed. One of the challenges is to take into account initial heterogeneities introduced in the system by conception with a combination of block and pellets or due to the size of the bentonite component (several 100 m3). It will require a more detailed understanding of material properties, of the fundamental processes that lead to homogenisation, of the role of scale effects and improved capabilities for numerical modelling. The goal is to verify the performance of current designs for buffers, backfills, seals and plugs. The overall driver for the project is the assessment cases that will be defined at the onset of the project (WP1). The quantitative models currently available are not fully able to represent all the complexities of the evolution of an installed bentonite. A substantial effort is needed to improve both the conceptual approaches and the numerical solutions in the current models (WP3). The updated/newly developed models need to be tested and verified using available data (WP5). There are some areas where fundamental data and the understanding of materials are incomplete. An efficient experimental programme will support model development and testing (WP4). There is already a large database from experiments performed within EC projects and national programmes, both laboratory and Underground Research Laboratory (URL) experiments. Many of the tests have been performed with other purposes in mind, but the results can be used in the Beacon project. The objective of WP2 is to collect the relevant information and process it to a level where it can be used in this project

Call for proposal

NFRP-2016-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

SVENSK KARNBRANSLEHANTERING AKTIEBOLAG
Address
Box 3091
169 03 Solna
Sweden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 477 375

Participants (24)

Radioactive Waste Repository Authority
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 35 625
Address
Dlazdena 6
110000 Praha
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
POSIVA OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 72 750
Address
Olkiluoto
27160 Eurajoki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGENCE NATIONALE POUR LA GESTION DES DECHETS RADIOACTIFS
France
EU contribution
€ 86 666,36
Address
1-7 Rue Jean Monnet - Parc De La Croix Blanche
92298 Chatenay Malabry
Activity type
Research Organisations
NATIONALE GENOSSENSCHAFT FUER DIE LAGERUNG RADIOAKTIVER ABFAELLE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 146 121,25
Address
Hardstrasse 73
5430 Wettingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EMPRESA NACIONAL DE RESIDUOS RADIOACTIVOS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 35 625
Address
Calle Emilio Vargas 7
28043 Madrid
Activity type
Other
RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 62 157,50
Address
Herdus House Ingwell Drive Westlakes Science And Technology Park Moor Row
CA24 3HU Cumbria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MILJOORGANISATIONERNAS KARNAVFALLSGRANSKNING
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 83 337,50
Address
Forsta Langgatan 18 4Tr
413 28 Goteborg
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 220 875
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GESELLSCHAFT FUR ANLAGEN UND REAKTORSICHERHEIT (GRS) gGmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 177 435
Address
Schwertnergasse 1
50667 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 213 750
Address
Jugoslavskych Partyzanu 1580/3
160 00 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 137 750
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 122 511,40
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 190 553
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 196 768,75
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BUNDESANSTALT FUER GEOWISSENSCHAFTEN UND ROHSTOFFE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 58 750
Address
Stilleweg 2
30655 Hannover
Activity type
Research Organisations
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 157 868,75
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LIETUVOS ENERGETIKOS INSTITUTAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 95 000
Address
Breslaujos G. 3
LT-44403 Kaunas
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS, MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS-CIEMAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 161 500
Address
Avenida Complutense 40
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
CLAY TECHNOLOGY AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 209 000
Address
Ideon Research Centre Ole Roemers Vaeg 12D
22370 Lund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 246 953,75
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 178 056,25
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
QUINTESSA LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 213 855
Address
First Floor West Wing Videcom House Newtown Road
RG9 1HG Henley On Thames
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 99 708,75
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1FL Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
JYVASKYLAN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 124 212,50
Address
Seminaarinkatu 15
40100 Jyvaskyla
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments