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Size Effect on the Time-Dependent Closure of Drifts in Callovo-Oxfordian Claystone

Abstract : In this study, we analyzed the influence of the excavation size and the sequence of excavation on the convergence evolution in drifts excavated in Callovo-Oxfordian claystone. The drifts, which are part of the Underground Research Laboratory of the French National Radioactive Waste Management Agency (ANDRA), had diameters ranging between 0.7 m and 6.3 m. The measurements showed an anisotropic convergence with the maximum and minimum values in horizontal and vertical directions. Using a semi-empirical law, convergence evolution was fitted independently for each drift. The results show that the values for the parameters describing the time-dependent properties of the system rock-support depended upon the time elapsed for the support installation and the rate of excavation. For drifts following the same sequence of excavation, these parameters did not depend upon the size of the excavation. Finally, the analysis of a drift cross section enlargement showed that the convergence evolution was more isotropic and that the values for the parameters describing the time-dependent properties were lower, suggesting that overexcavation could limit the delayed response of the ground.
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Lina-María Guayacán-Carrillo, Jean Sulem, Darius Seyedi, Siavash Ghabezloo, Gilles Armand. Size Effect on the Time-Dependent Closure of Drifts in Callovo-Oxfordian Claystone. International Journal of Geomechanics, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2018, 18 (10), pp.04018128. ⟨10.1061/(ASCE)GM.1943-5622.0001213⟩. ⟨hal-03135130⟩

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