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Implementation of a time-domain random-walk method into a discrete element method to simulate nuclide transport in fractured rock masses

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Wu, Y, Liu, Q, Chan, AHC ORCID: 0000-0003-0042-8448 and Liu, H 2017 , 'Implementation of a time-domain random-walk method into a discrete element method to simulate nuclide transport in fractured rock masses' , Geofluids, vol. 2017 , pp. 1-13 , doi: 10.1155/2017/5940380.

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Abstract

It is essential to study nuclide transport with underground water in fractured rock masses in order to evaluate potential radionuclide leakage in nuclear waste disposal. A time-domain random-walk (TDRW) method was firstly implemented into a discrete element method (DEM), that is, UDEC, in this paper to address the pressing challenges of modelling the nuclide transport in fractured rock masses such as massive fractures and coupled hydromechanical effect. The implementation was then validated against analytical solutions for nuclide transport in a single fracture and a simple fracture network. After that, the proposed implementation was applied to model the nuclide transport in a complex fracture network investigated in the DECOVALEX 2011 project to analyze the effect of matrix diffusion and stress on the nuclide transport in the fractured rock masses. It was concluded that the implementation of the TDRW method into UDEC provided a valuable tool to study the nuclide transport in the fractured rock masses. Moreover, it was found that the total travel time of the nuclide particles in the fractured rock masses with the matrix diffusion and external stress modelled was much longer than that without the matrix diffusion and external stress modelled.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Wu, Y and Liu, Q and Chan, AHC and Liu, H
Keywords: random walk method, discrete element method, nuclide transport, fractured rock masses
Journal or Publication Title: Geofluids
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 1468-8123
DOI / ID Number: 10.1155/2017/5940380
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Copyright 2017 The AuthorsLicensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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