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Numerical simulation of coupled thermal elastic behaviors for hard rock pillar in Äspö Pillar Stability Experiment, Sweden
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Land and Water Resources Engineering (moved 20130630), Engineering Geology and Geophysics.
2010 (English)In: Yantu Gongcheng Xuebao/Chinese Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, ISSN 1000-4548, Vol. 32, no 8, 1200-1206 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The goal of the Äspö Pillar Stability Experiment performed in Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory, Sweden is to investigate the mechanical response and progressive failure process of ahard rock pillar during excavation and heating. Numerical simulation of the thermalelastic behaviors for the pillar is one of the three tasks of the DECOVALEX-2011 project. The evolutions of stress, deformation and temperature of the pillar are modeled by using a coupled thermal elasticity model. The research results demonstrate that the thermalelasticity model is suitable for describing the coupled thermal mechanical behaviors of the pillar during excavation and heating. The stress redistribution and temperature evolution processes of the pillar are largely modeled, and the failure process and its propagation are qualitatively analyzed. The major limitations of the thermal elasticity model are its absence of the multiphase flow and progressive failure processes. The model developed and the modeling experiences accumulated in this study may be helpful for the stability and safety assessment of the hard granite host rock in China's Beishan preselected area for high-level radioactive waste disposal.

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2010. Vol. 32, no 8, 1200-1206 p.
Keyword [en]
APSE experiment, Numerical simulation, Rock pillar, Thermal elasticity
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Geology Geophysics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-80335ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77956812664OAI: diva2:496229

QC 20120420

Available from: 2012-02-09 Created: 2012-02-09 Last updated: 2014-09-10Bibliographically approved

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