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Fracture Initiation and Propagation in Low Porosity Crystalline Rocks: Implications for Excavation Damage Zone (EDZ) Mechanics
The Deep Geological Repository (DGR) is the globally preferred concept for long-term storage of nuclear waste, in which the combination of engineered barriers and the surrounding geology are designed to safely and securely ...
Modelling and Testing Strategies for Brittle Fracture Simulation in Crystalline Rock Samples
The failure of brittle rocks around deep underground excavations due to the high induced stress is controlled by the crack accumulation in the rock. The study shows that the damage initiation strength, CI, corresponds to ...