The EVEREST project: sensitivity analysis of geological disposal systems

Jan Marivoet, Isabelle Wemaere, Pierre Escalier des Orres, Patrick Baudoin, Catherine Certes, André Levassor, Jan Prij, Karl-Heinz Martens, Klaus-Jürgen Röhlig

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    The main objective of the EVEREST project is the evaluation of the sensitivity of the radiological consequences associated with the geological disposal of radioactive waste to the different elements in the performance assessment. Three types of geological host formations are considered: clay, granite and salt. The sensitivity studies, that have been carried out, can be partioned into three categories according the type of uncertainty taken into account: uncertainty in the model parameters, uncertainty in the conceptual models and uncertainty in the considered scenarios. Deterministic as well as stochastic calculational approaches have been applied for the sensivity analysis. For the analysis of the sensivity to parameter values, the reference technique, which has been applied in many evaluations, is stochastic and consists of a Monte Carlo simulation followed by a linear regression. For the analysis of conceptual model uncertainty, deterministic and stochastic approaches have been used. For the analysis of uncertainty in the considered scenarios, mainly deterministic approaches have been applied.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)79-90
    Number of pages12
    JournalReliability Engineering and System Safety
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jul 1997

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