Thermo-hydraulic behaviour of Boom Clay using a heating cell: an experimental study

A. Lima, E. Romero, A. Gens, Xiang Ling Li, J. Vaunat, Guangjing Chen

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    Boom clay formation is a potential host rock for geological disposal of high-level nuclear waste in Belgium. Heating pulse tests with controlled power supply and controlled hydraulic boudary conditions were performed under constant volume conditions to study the hydraulic impact of thermal loading on the clay. Selected test results of intact borehole samples retrieved in horizontal direction are presented and discussed. The study focuses on the time evolution of temperature and pore water pressure changes along heating and cooling paths, i.e. pore pressure build-up during quasi-undrained heating and later dissipation at constant temperature towards the applied hydraulic boundary condition.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMultiphysical testing of soils and shales
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-32491-8
    StatePublished - Jan 2013

    Publication series

    NameSpringer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering

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