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The Engineered Barrier System: Performance Issues

  • T. H. Pigford (a1)


The engineered barrier system (EBS) for geologic disposal of high-level waste may typically consist of the waste solid, a container, and a porous backfill. Whether the surrounding rock is part of the EBS is arguable, but the properties of the surrounding rock strongly affect the EBS performance. The EBS functions and performance issue are addressed.



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