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Full-scale testing of the kbs-3v concept for the geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste, Prototype Repository, Final report

Project ID: FIKW-CT-2000-00055
Funded under: FP5-EAECTP C


The Prototype Repository project comprises a large-scale field test in the AEspoe URL and a number of supporting field and laboratory tests for getting basic data for thermohydro-mechanical-chemical-biological (THMCB) modelling. The major aims of the project were to collect information and experience in designing and constructing a repository in crystalline rock, to test engineered barriers in representative rock and work out theoretical models for predicting and evaluating their function. The project includes characterization of the hydraulic regime in the rock, instrumentation of rock and engineered barriers, design and construction of engineered barriers, and modelling of the performance of these barriers, primarily buffer, backfill and plugs.
The planning of the project started in 1998 and the installation was completed in 2003. Some of the tests will continue for 10-20 years while others will be terminated much earlier. Current evaluation and upgrading of the models by comparison with recorded data have been made.

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