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Special Issue to be published in Tunneling and Underground Space Technology

Coupled Processes in Fractured Geological Media:Applied analysis in Deep Underground Tunneling, Mining and Nuclear Waste Disposal

Aims and Scopes

The scope of this Special Issue is to gather outstanding applied analyses of coupled THMC processes in fractured geological media, specifically focusing on coupled processes and challenges in deep underground tunneling, mining and nuclear waste disposal, as well as other subsurface activities involving underground excavations.

Based on the contributions to the International Conference on coupled processes in fractured geological media: observation, modeling, and application, which will be held in Wuhan, China on November 12-14 of 2018, the planned topics of the Special Issue will include:

  • Coupled processes and challenges in deep underground tunneling and underground construction, including rock bursts
  • Coupled THMC processes associated withgeologic nuclear waste disposal in various host rocks (e.g. crystalline, clay and salt)
  • Development of EDZ under THMC conditions
  • Laboratory and field measurements of coupled processes in fractured/fracturing media underground research laboratories
  • Short-term vs. long-term effects
  • Interaction between coupled processes, geological settings and heterogeneities
  • Coupled processes relevant in deep mining, including mining induced seismicity
  • Multi-scale effects in fractures

Instructions for Authors
Authors should follow Tunneling and Underground Space Technology manuscript requirements:

Acceptance Criteria
Submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by 2-3 reviewers from the International Scientific Advisory Committee or Organizing Committee members.

Editors for Volume
Jonny Rutqvist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Laura Blanco-Martin, Mines ParisTech, France

Special Issue Timeline
Submission of manuscripts:  May 1, 2019
Return of reviews: August 1, 2019
Revised manuscripts due:  October 1, 2019
Publication:  March 1, 2020