The Praclay test program, operated in the URF (Underground Research Facility) in Mol, Belgium, investigates the effects of a heated gallery on the surrounding Boom Clay. A seal structure isolates this gallery from the other galleries. The annular seal basically consists of compacted bentonite blocks contained in a steel structure. Model calculations simulate the coupled Hydro-Mechanical processes in the seal, as well as the interaction among the Boom Clay, bentonite blocks and steel structure. The first effort to compare the modeling with the measurements shows a reasonably good agreement and highlights the capability of the model to reproduce the main features of the test.
|Title of host publication||Unsaturated Soils: Research and Applications|
|Place of Publication||Heidelberg, Germany|
|State||Published - Jun 2012|
|Event||E-UNSAT2012. 2nd European Conference on Unsaturated Soils - Università di Napoli Federico II and Politecnico di Milano, Napoli|
Duration: 20 Jun 2012 → 22 Jun 2012
|Conference||E-UNSAT2012. 2nd European Conference on Unsaturated Soils|
|Period||2012-06-20 → 2012-06-22|