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Experimental study on the aeolotropic swelling behaviour of compacted bentonite/claystone mixture with axial/radial technological voids

Abstract : Pre-compacted blocks of MX80 bentonite/Callovo-Oxfordian (COx) claystone mixture are chosen as sealing/backfilling materials in the French concept of deep geological disposal for radioactive waste. Creating technological voids is normally unavoidable during installation in the disposal galleries, in the form of axial voids between compacted blocks and radial voids between the compacted blocks and the host rock. In this work, the aeolotropic swelling behaviour of compacted mixture with axial/radial technological voids was experimentally investigated. Results showed that the aeolotropy coefficient (ratio of radial to axial pressures) of samples without voids increased from 0.46 to 0.88 with the increasing dry density from 1.6 to 2.0 Mg/m3 due to the relatively concentrated macro-pores which defined a relatively lower local dry density in the side part. For the samples with axial/radial voids, their final axial swelling pressures were in agreement with the unique correlation with final dry density, regardless of the soil density heterogeneity. Samples with axial voids had a larger aeolotropy coefficient than samples without voids, due to the reduction of the orientation of clay particles upon hydration, while samples with radial voids had a smaller aeolotropy coefficient, due to the relatively lower dry density near the cell wall.
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Zhixiong Zeng, Yu-Jun Cui, Nathalie Conil, Jean Talandier. Experimental study on the aeolotropic swelling behaviour of compacted bentonite/claystone mixture with axial/radial technological voids. Engineering Geology, Elsevier, 2020, 278, pp.105846. ⟨10.1016/j.enggeo.2020.105846⟩. ⟨hal-03045823⟩

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