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A Model for Predicting the Temperature Distribution Around Radioactive Waste Containers in Very Deep Geological Boreholes

  • Karl P. Travis (a1), Neil A. McTaggart (a1), Fergus G. F. Gibb (a1) and David Burley (a1)

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We present a mathematical model for determining the temperature field around radioactive waste containers in very deep geological boreholes. The model is first used to predict the temperature rise for some simple, but well-established cases with known solutions in order to verify the numerical work. The temperature distribution is then determined for two variants of the deep bore hole concept; a low temperature variant and a high temperature variant. The results from these studies are discussed in terms of their utility in establishing deep borehole disposal as a workable concept.

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A Model for Predicting the Temperature Distribution Around Radioactive Waste Containers in Very Deep Geological Boreholes

  • Karl P. Travis (a1), Neil A. McTaggart (a1), Fergus G. F. Gibb (a1) and David Burley (a1)

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