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Utilizing Temperature and Brine Inflow Measurements to Constrain Reservoir Parameters During a Salt Heater Test

Applied Systems Analysis & Research Department Sandia National Laboratories, P.O. Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185-0747, USA
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Minerals 2020, 10(11), 1025; https://doi.org/10.3390/min10111025
Received: 27 October 2020 / Revised: 13 November 2020 / Accepted: 15 November 2020 / Published: 18 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Hydro-Mechanics of Crystalline Rocks)
Brine availability in salt has multiple implications for the safety and design of a nuclear waste storage facility. Brine availability includes both the distribution and transport of brine through a damaged zone around boreholes or drifts excavated into the salt. Coupled thermal, hydrological, mechanical, and chemical processes taking place within heated bedded salt are complex; as part of DECOVALEX 2023 Task E this study takes a parsimonious modeling approach utilizing analytical and numerical one-dimensional simulations to match field measurements of temperature and brine inflow around a heater. The one-dimensional modeling results presented arrive at best-fit thermal conductivity of intact salt, and the permeability and porosity of damaged salt of 5.74 W/m·K, 1017 m2, and ≈ 0.02, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydrogeology; numerical modeling; brine flow; salt heater test hydrogeology; numerical modeling; brine flow; salt heater test
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Jayne, R.S.; Kuhlman, K.L. Utilizing Temperature and Brine Inflow Measurements to Constrain Reservoir Parameters During a Salt Heater Test. Minerals 2020, 10, 1025. https://doi.org/10.3390/min10111025

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Jayne RS, Kuhlman KL. Utilizing Temperature and Brine Inflow Measurements to Constrain Reservoir Parameters During a Salt Heater Test. Minerals. 2020; 10(11):1025. https://doi.org/10.3390/min10111025

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Jayne, Richard S., and Kristopher L. Kuhlman. 2020. "Utilizing Temperature and Brine Inflow Measurements to Constrain Reservoir Parameters During a Salt Heater Test" Minerals 10, no. 11: 1025. https://doi.org/10.3390/min10111025

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