EDZ around an industrial excavation in Boom Clay

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Abstract

A new gallery (excavated diameter 4.89m) was recently constructed at the underground research facility HADES (Mol, Belgium) located at a depth of 223m in a plastic clay layer. An industrial excavation technique was used. The EDZ around the gallery is studied by observing macro-fractures and pore pressure distribution. The fractured zone extends at least 1m into the host rock; this value will be verified during the EC SELFRAC project. The radius of the Hydraulic Disturbed Zone (HDZ) is at least 20m and the HDZ is anisotropic. Gallery construction will always induce an EDZ but it is shown that industrial excavation techniques can limit its extent. From a depth of 1.3m into the host rock, installed piezometers are sealed off from the gallery by the converging clay. From a distance of 5.1m into the host rock, the influence of the excavation on permeability is limited.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEDZ around an industrial excavation in Boom Clay
Place of PublicationLuxembuourg, Luxembourg
Pages305-309
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005
EventImpact of the excavation disturbed or damged zone (EDZ) on the performance of radioactive waste geological repositories - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Duration: 30 Nov 200530 Nov 2005

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ConferenceImpact of the excavation disturbed or damged zone (EDZ) on the performance of radioactive waste geological repositories
CountryLuxembourg
CityLuxembourg
Period2005-11-302005-11-30

Keywords

  • gallery, fracture, EDZ, Boom Clay, hydraulic conductivity

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