Title

Smoothwall Blasting Planned for the Underground Research Facility At Yucca Mountain

Abstract

At this time it is not known whether the Exploratory Shaft Facility (ESF) at Yucca Mountain, Nevada will be completely mechanically excavated, completely developed by drilling and blasting or whether both methods will be utilized on different parts of the ESF. Where drilling and blasting may be used, smoothwall blasting techniques will be used and strict controls will be placed on drill hole placement and alignment, and the correct use of limiting damage explosive, so that minimum amount of fracturing will occur beyond the perimeter of the openings. Why this is necessary and understanding how it is achievable is the subject of this paper.

Meeting Name

Proceedings of the 1st International Topical Meeting on High Level Radioactive Waste Management. Part 1

Department(s)

Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Sponsor(s)

ASCE, New York, NY, USA
American Nuclear Soc, USA

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 1990 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), All rights reserved.

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