Some opportunities for science and engineering at DUSEL

Derek Elsworth, C. Fairhurst

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Abstract

The potential development of a deep underground science laboratory offers unusual opportunities for inquiry and experimentation in the geosciences and in geoengineering. The completed facility will extend to ∼2000 m deep, and be available for multi-decade occupancy. Experiments will investigate methods of in situ characterization using geophysical methods, extend our understanding of complex interactions of coupled processes which control the evolution of the dynamic Earth, and which extend methods of excavation and construction, especially at extreme depths. These general categories of enquiry accommodate suites of experiments related to: rock mass characterization, examining the role of scale effects on mechanical and transport properties, evaluating the evolution of mechanical and transport properties prompted by physical and chemical perturbations, and in examining methods of excavating deep boreholes and constructing habitable cavities at depth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st Canada-US Rock Mechanics Symposium - Rock Mechanics Meeting Society's Challenges and Demands
Pages1085-1090
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event1st Canada-US Rock Mechanics Symposium - Rock Mechanics Meeting Society's Challenges and Demands - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: May 27 2007May 31 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 1st Canada-US Rock Mechanics Symposium - Rock Mechanics Meeting Society's Challenges and Demands
Volume2

Other

Other1st Canada-US Rock Mechanics Symposium - Rock Mechanics Meeting Society's Challenges and Demands
CountryCanada
CityVancouver, BC
Period5/27/075/31/07

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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Elsworth, D., & Fairhurst, C. (2007). Some opportunities for science and engineering at DUSEL. In Proceedings of the 1st Canada-US Rock Mechanics Symposium - Rock Mechanics Meeting Society's Challenges and Demands (pp. 1085-1090). (Proceedings of the 1st Canada-US Rock Mechanics Symposium - Rock Mechanics Meeting Society's Challenges and Demands; Vol. 2).