Modeling Coupled Processes of Multiphase Flow and Heat Transfer in the Unsaturated Fractured Rock

Yu-Shu Wu, Sumit Mukhopadhyay, Keni Zhang, G. Bodvarsson & Yu-Shu Wu
A multidimensional, mountain-scale, thermal-hydrologic (TH) numerical model is developed for investigating unsaturated flow behavior in response to decay heat from the radioactive waste repository in the Yucca Mountain unsaturated zone, Nevada, USA. The TH model, consisting of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional representations of the unsaturated repository system, is based on the current repository design, drift layout, and thermal loading scenario under estimated current and future climate conditions. More specifically, the TH model implements the current...
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