Heat Transfer Effects in Vertically Emplaced High Level Nuclear Waste Container

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Conference Proceeding


Modeling free convection heat transfer in an cylindrical annular enclosure is still an active area of research and an important problem to be addressed in the high level nuclear waste repository. For the vertically emplaced waste container, the air gap which is between the container shell and the rock borehole, have an important role of dissipating heat to surrounding rack. These waste containers are vertically emplaced in the borehole 300 meters below ground, and in a horizontal grid of 30 {times} 8 meters apart. The borehole will be capped after the container emplacement. The expected initial heat generated is between 3--4.74 kW per container depending on the type of waste. The goal of this study is to use a computer simulation model to find the borehole wall, air-gap and the container outer wall temperature distributions.


Computer simulations; Heat – Convection; Heat – Transmission; Nevada – Yucca Mountain; Radioactive waste canisters; Radioactive waste repositories; Temperatures


Heat Transfer, Combustion | Manufacturing | Mechanical Engineering | Nuclear Engineering


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