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See detailFractured bedrock investigation by using high-resolution borehole images and the Distributed Temperature Sensing technique
Radioti, Georgia ULg; Delvoie, Simon ULg; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg et al

in ISRM Congress 2015 Proceedings - Int’l Symposium on Rock Mechanics (2015, May)

In order to investigate the fracturing of the bedrock and its possible heterogeneous distribution in situ, four boreholes equipped with double-U geothermal pipes of 100 m long were installed on the campus ... [more ▼]

In order to investigate the fracturing of the bedrock and its possible heterogeneous distribution in situ, four boreholes equipped with double-U geothermal pipes of 100 m long were installed on the campus of the University of Liege (Liege, Belgium) over a surface area of 32 m². The bedrock, which starts at a depth approximately of 8 m, is quite fractured and consists mainly of siltstone and shale interbedded with sandstone. Different geophysical methods are applied at two different phases, after drilling the boreholes and after injecting the grouting material. The first approach consists in lowering an ultrasonic borehole imager (borehole televiewer; Zemanek, Glenn, Norton, & Caldwell, 1970), an instrument that acts as an ultrasonic transducer and receiver, into the boreholes to obtain high-resolution, continuous images with 360° coverage of the local geology and fracturing. Moreover gamma-ray logs of the four boreholes are obtained and inclinometry is conducted. After drilling the boreholes fiber optic cables are attached along the pipe loops and the double-U pipes are installed inside the boreholes. Then the grouting material is injected. The second approach consists in measuring the temperature along the fibers by applying the Distributed Temperature Sensing technique (Soto, Sahu, Faralli, Bolognini, Di Pasquale, Nebendahl, & Rueck, 2007). A laser pulse is injected into the optical fiber and the temperature along the fiber is determined by the intensity of Raman stokes and anti-stokes reemitted signals. Temperature evolution is measured during hardening of the grouting material. Local maxima of the temperature curve are probably due to a local lower thermal conductivity and/or a local larger quantity of grouting material due to gathering of fractures. A detailed fracture characterisation (position, opening, orientation, dip angle) is obtained based on the acoustic signal travel time and amplitude. The fractures are characterised by the same dipping and orientation but significantly vary in number and location in the four boreholes, despite the close distance between them. Gamma-ray data and observation of the cuttings during drilling result in rock identification through depth as well as in determination of the layer dipping. The inclination of the four boreholes tends to be perpendicular to the dipping. The combination of the two geophysical methods as presented provides information useful for the hydro-thermo-mechanical behaviour of the bedrock. The contribution of the thermal behaviour of borehole heat exchangers to bedrock investigation will be further studied by conducting Distributed Thermal Response tests (Fujii, Okubo, & Itoi, 2006). During the tests we will measure the temperature variation thanks to the installed fiber optics. These data will allow us to correlate any anisotropic thermal behaviour to the geological characteristics. The available information could be used for a detailed numerical model. [less ▲]

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See detail3D zero-thickness coupled interface finite element: Formulation and application
Cerfontaine, Benjamin ULg; Dieudonné, Anne-Catherine ULg; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg et al

in Computers and Geotechnics (2015)

In many fields of geotechnical engineering, the modelling of interfaces requires special numerical tools. This paper presents the formulation of a 3D fully coupled hydro-mechanical finite element of ... [more ▼]

In many fields of geotechnical engineering, the modelling of interfaces requires special numerical tools. This paper presents the formulation of a 3D fully coupled hydro-mechanical finite element of interface. The element belongs to the zero-thickness family and the contact constraint is enforced by the penalty method. Fluid flow is discretised through a three-node scheme, discretising the inner flow by additional nodes. The element is able to reproduce the contact/loss of contact between two solids as well as shearing/sliding of the interface. Fluid flow through and across the interface can be modelled. Opening of a gap within the interface influences the longitudinal transmissivity as well as the storage of water inside the interface. Moreover the computation of an effective pressure within the interface, according to the Terzaghi’s principle creates an additional hydro-mechanical coupling. The uplifting simulation of a suction caisson embedded in a soil layer illustrates the main features of the element. Friction is progressively mobilised along the shaft of the caisson and sliding finally takes place. A gap is created below the top of the caisson and filled with water. It illustrates the storage capacity within the interface and the transversal flow. Longitudinal fluid flow is highlighted between the shaft of the caisson and the soil. The fluid flow depends on the opening of the gap and is related to the cubic law. [less ▲]

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See detailThree-node zero-thickness hydro-mechanical interface finite element for geotechnical applications
Cerfontaine, Benjamin ULg; Dieudonné, Anne-Catherine ULg; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg et al

in Proceedings of coupled 2015 (2015)

The paper briefly presents the main features of a hydro-mechanical coupled finite element of interface. The mechanical problems takes into account the the detection of contact, the development of a ... [more ▼]

The paper briefly presents the main features of a hydro-mechanical coupled finite element of interface. The mechanical problems takes into account the the detection of contact, the development of a contact pressure, the shearing and the relative sliding between two solids. A three-node discretisation of hydraulic problem allows the representation of fluid flows across and in the plane of the interface. The method involves a drop of pressure between each side of the interface and the inner medium. The hydro-mechanical couplings come from 1) the definition of the total pressure acting on each side of the interface according to the Terzaghi’s principle; 2) the dependence of the permeability on the gap variation; 3) the variation of the fluid mass stored within the gap. [less ▲]

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See detailHydromechanical modelling of shaft sealing for CO2 storage
Dieudonné, Anne-Catherine ULg; Cerfontaine, Benjamin ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg et al

in Engineering Geology (2015), 193

The geological sequestration of CO2 in abandoned coal mines is a promising option to mitigate climate changes while providing sustainable use of the underground cavities. In order to certify the ... [more ▼]

The geological sequestration of CO2 in abandoned coal mines is a promising option to mitigate climate changes while providing sustainable use of the underground cavities. In order to certify the efficiency of the storage, it is essential to understand the behaviour of the shaft sealing system. The paper presents a numerical analysis of CO2 transfer mechanisms through a mine shaft and its sealing system. Different mechanisms for CO2 leakage are considered, namely multiphase flow through the different materials and flow along the interfaces between the lining and the host rock. The study focuses on the abandoned coal mine of Anderlues, Belgium, which was used for seasonal storage of natural gas. A two-dimensional hydromechanical modelling of the storage site is performed and CO2 injection into the coal mine is simulated. Model predictions for a period of 500 years are presented and discussed with attention. The role and influence of the interface between the host rock and the concrete lining are examined. In addition the impact of some uncertain model parameters on the overall performance of the sealing system is analysed through a sensitivity analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailAccounting for evolving pore size distribution in water retention models for compacted clays
Della Vecchia, Gabriele; Dieudonné, Anne-Catherine ULg; Jommi, Cristina et al

in International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics (2015), 39

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See detailHydromechanical behaviour of bentonite under in situ conditions
Dieudonné, Anne-Catherine ULg; Talandier, Jean; Collin, Frédéric ULg et al

Conference (2015)

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See detailTransversal action " Models " Phase 3 : Underground structure modelling
Pardoen, Benoît ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg; Levasseur, Séverine ULg et al

Scientific conference (2014, April 09)

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See detailGas injection test in the Callovo-Oxfordian claystone: data analysis and numerical modelling
De la Vaissière, Rémi; Gerard, Pierre; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg et al

in Geological Society, London, Special Publications Online First (2014)

This paper describes a field-scale experiment on gas transport mechanisms performed at Andra’s Underground Research Laboratory (URL) in a clay rock. The experimental layout consists of two parallel ... [more ▼]

This paper describes a field-scale experiment on gas transport mechanisms performed at Andra’s Underground Research Laboratory (URL) in a clay rock. The experimental layout consists of two parallel boreholes that are equipped with multiple packer completions isolating three intervals each, which have been continuously monitoring the pore pressure evolution of the clay rock. Nitrogen gas was injected in the middle test interval of one of the boreholes at increasing rates. The entire gas test comprised six periods of controlled gas injections, each fol-lowed by a shut-in pressure recovery phase. The experimental data are presented along with their interpretation by means of numerical modelling of two-phase flow of gas and water using different numerical codes and different geometrical approaches that include axisymmetric, half-space and full 3D models. An iterative modelling process was used to show step-by-step how an accu-rate description of each component of the experiment system produced a satisfactory reproduc-tion of the experimental data and an improved understanding of the relevant phenomena. For instance, the initial volume of remaining water in the test interval, and the presence of a damaged zone around the boreholes, was important for the models to obtain good agreement with the field data. [less ▲]

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See detailHollow Cylinder Tests on Boom Clay: Modelling of Strain Localization in the Anisotropic Excavation Damaged Zone
François, B; Labiouse, V; Dizier, A et al

in Rock Mechanic and Rock Engineering (2014), 47(1), 71-86

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See detailModeling of Excavation Damaged Zone through the strain localization approach in Boom clay
Salehnia, Fatemeh ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg; Sillen, Xavier et al

in Proceedings of the 14th Int. Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2014 (2014)

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See detailAxisymmetric transient modelling of a suction caisson in dense sand
Cerfontaine, Benjamin ULg; Levasseur, Séverine ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg et al

in Hicks, Michael A.; Brinkgreve, Ronald, B.J.; Rohe, Alexander (Eds.) Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering (2014)

Suction caisson are hollow cylinders open towards the bottom that are currently used as anchors for deep water offshore facilities. They recently turned out to be advantageously exploited as foundation ... [more ▼]

Suction caisson are hollow cylinders open towards the bottom that are currently used as anchors for deep water offshore facilities. They recently turned out to be advantageously exploited as foundation for offshore wind turbines in shallow water (Senders 2009). The Prevost model for cohesionless soils (Prevost 1985) is currently used for the modelling of their cyclic behaviour. It’s able to reproduce plastic deformation in both loading and unloading, contractancy of the soil and pore pressure build up as well. In this paper, a fully- coupled transient axisymmetric analysis of a suction caisson is carried out. A vertical pseudo-random loading is transformed into equivalent ones. Comparison of the permanent displacement accumulated shows a good agreement between them. The influence of the interface conditions is also addressed. For low tension amplitude applied to the caisson, it can be modelled as “stuck” to the inner soil. However higher amplitude might lead to a total unplugging. [less ▲]

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See detailVertical transient loading of a suction caisson in dense sand
Cerfontaine, Benjamin ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg

in Cerfontaine, Benjamin; Collin, Frédéric; Charlier, Robert (Eds.) 14th International Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Avances in Geomechanics (2014)

Suction caissons are hollow cylinders open towards the bottom currently used as anchors for deep water offshore facilities. They recently turned out to be advantageously exploited as foundation for ... [more ▼]

Suction caissons are hollow cylinders open towards the bottom currently used as anchors for deep water offshore facilities. They recently turned out to be advantageously exploited as foundation for offshore wind turbines in shallow water (Senders 2009). The Prevost model for cohesionless soils (Prevost 1985) is adapted for the modelling of their cyclic behaviour. It is able to reproduce plastic deformation in both loading and unloading, contractancy of the soil and pore pressure build up as well. In this paper, a fully-coupled transient axisymmetric analysis of a suction caisson is carried out. The monotonic partially drained behaviour of the caisson is firstly highlighted. Afterwards, pseudo-random and sinusoidal-equivalent storm signals are compared. Permanent displacements accumulated at the end of the storm show a good agreement between them but are slightly divergent, which indicates that the position of the extreme event might be a relevant issue. [less ▲]

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See detailImplicit implementation of the Prevost model
Cerfontaine, Benjamin ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg

in Hicks, Michael A.; Brinkgreve, Ronald, R.J; Rohe, Alexander (Eds.) Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering (2014)

The Prevost model for cohesionless soils (Prevost 1985) is currently used for the modelling of their cyclic behaviour, especially in earthquake engineering (Zerfa and Loret 2003) and (Yang and Elgamal ... [more ▼]

The Prevost model for cohesionless soils (Prevost 1985) is currently used for the modelling of their cyclic behaviour, especially in earthquake engineering (Zerfa and Loret 2003) and (Yang and Elgamal 2008). It’s made of conical yield surfaces that allow for plastic deformations in both loading and unloading. Its non-associated volumetric flow rule can roughly take into account pore pressure build-up and cyclic mobility. The method of implementation of a constitutive law is a crucial issue (Montáns and Caminero 2007) and (Mira et al. 2009). On one hand the accuracy of the solution must be ensured, especially when a large number of cycles are considered. But on the other hand, the cost of the computation must be minimized which implies step size as large as possible. In this paper, an implicit implementation of the Prevost model is proposed. The plastic flow rule is computed through a trapezoidal rule, at the time step n + 1/2, in order to increase the accuracy.An iterative process has to be solved, due to the implicit formulation.The Jacobian matrix of the internal Newton-Raphson process is computed analytically to enhance efficiency. The algorithm is implemented in the finite element code LAGAMINE that carries out fully-coupled analysis. Simulations of triaxial tests are compared with “exact” solution. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental arguments concerning a hydraulic connection layer during limestone convective drying
Prime, Noémie ULg; Housni, Z.; Fraikin, Laurent ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils, UNSAT 2014 (2014)

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See detailHydration kinetics of compacted low-density bentonite
Dieudonné, Anne-Catherine ULg; Romero, Enrique; Charlier, Robert ULg

in Khalili, Nasser; Russel, Adrian; Khoshghalb (Eds.) Unsaturated Soils: Research and Applications (2014)

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See detailInfluence of microfabric evolution on the retention behaviour of compacted clayey soils
Dieudonné, Anne-Catherine ULg; Della Vecchia, Gabriele; Charlier, Robert ULg et al

in Khalili, Nasser; Russel, Adrian; Khoshghalb, Arman (Eds.) Unsaturated Soils: Research and Applications (2014)

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