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Reference Number EP/I036427/1
Title SAFE Barriers - a Systems Approach For Engineered Barriers
Status Completed
Energy Categories NUCLEAR FISSION and FUSION(Nuclear Fission, Nuclear supporting technologies) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Civil Engineering) 50%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Prof RJ (Rebecca ) Lunn
No email address given
Civil Engineering
University of Strathclyde
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 30 September 2012
End Date 29 March 2017
Duration 54 months
Total Grant Value £1,339,398
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Scotland
Programme Energy : Energy, NC : Infrastructure
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Prof RJ (Rebecca ) Lunn , Civil Engineering, University of Strathclyde (99.983%)
  Other Investigator Dr NP Hankins , Engineering Science, University of Oxford (0.001%)
Dr EA Charles , School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr CT Davie , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr I Butler , School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Dr GD Bromiley , School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Professor SL Harley , School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Professor KA Cliffe , Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Professor HR Thomas , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr S Tripathy , Engineering, Cardiff University (0.001%)
Dr D Gallipoli , Aerospace Engineering, University of Glasgow (0.001%)
Dr P Grassl , Aerospace Engineering, University of Glasgow (0.001%)
Dr P Sentenac , Civil Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Professor ZK Shipton , Civil Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Dr M Saafi , Civil Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Professor A Tarantino , Civil Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Dr J Harrington , Land Use, Planning and Development, British Geological Survey (BGS) - NERC (0.001%)
Professor PL (Paul ) Younger , Engineering, University of Glasgow (0.001%)
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Objectives
Abstract Scientific objectives are:1. To deploy and refine advanced monitoring technologies for simultaneous imaging of THMC variables (pH, temperature, pore-water pressure, swelling etc) within the laboratory. We will embed state-of-the-art micro-to-nano scale wireless devices into bentonite, and combine these with micro-scale geophysical and magnetic monitoring surveys, to illuminate 2D and 3D heterogeneities in THMC behaviour.2. To integrate these monitoring technologies with experiments to gain a predictive understanding of the THMC evolution of clay-based engineered barriers, and their interfaces, up to the upper-bound of realistic environmental conditions. Interfaces will comprise joints within the clay as well as interfaces to the surrounding rock, cement and waste container. Experiments and modelling will focus on the effects of strong gradients in temperature (<150 degrees C), low pH cements and high salinity (10-40 g/l) across the EBS interfaces, and on the fingering of flow along joints and interfaces that may give rise to a heterogeneous THMC system response
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