Development of a multiphysics numerical solver for modeling the behavior of clay-based engineered barriers

Vicente Navarro (Corresponding Author), Laura Asensio, Heidar Gharbieh, Gema De la Morena, Veli Matti Pulkkanen

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    This work describes the development of a numerical module with a multiphysics structure to simulate the thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical behavior of compacted bentonites. First, the conceptual model, based on the state-of-the-art formulation for clay-based engineered barriers in deep geological repositories, is described. Second, the advantages of multiphysics-based modules are highlighted. Then, the guidelines to develop a code using such tools are outlined, presenting an example of implementation. Finally, the simulation of three tests that illustrate the behavior of compacted bentonites assesses the scope of the developed code. The satisfactory results obtained, and the relative simplicity of implementation, show the opportunity of the modeling strategy proposed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages13
    JournalNuclear Engineering and Technology
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2019
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible


    This study was funded by Posiva Oy projects 2108211 and 2113799 , and by FPU Grant FPU15/02655 from the Spanish Ministry of Education awarded to Ms. De la Morena.


    • Clay-based barrier
    • Compacted bentonite
    • Deep geological repository
    • Multiphysics modeling
    • Thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical behavior


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