Simulation of Heat Transfer Around a Canister Placed Horizontally in a Drift

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Conference Proceeding


The Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project is investigating the feasibility of locating a high level radioactive nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The bore hole and the in-drift waste emplacement schemes are under evaluation as potential repository drift geometries. This paper presents a two-dimensional finite element thermal analysis of the nuclear waste canister placed horizontally in a drift. Simulation has been carried out for 1000 years and the peak temperatures at the walls of the drift and at the center of the canister have been determined. The effect of the three modes of heat transfer, conduction, natural convection and radiation, is also discussed.


Nevada – Yucca Mountain; Radioactive waste repositories; Temperatures


Environmental Sciences | Mechanical Engineering | Nuclear Engineering | Oil, Gas, and Energy | Other Mechanical Engineering


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