Experimental study of time-dependent properties of a low-pH concrete for deposition tunnels
Paper i proceeding, 2019

The Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company developed a method for the final disposal of canisters for spent nuclear fuel in tunnels at depths of about 500 meters. The concept for closure of the deposition tunnels is based on a bentonite seal supported by a spherical concrete dome structure. In order to fulfil the requirements specific to the repository concept, a special mix of low-pH self-compacting concrete was developed. A series of large-scale castings and laboratory tests were conducted to gain experience on this low-pH concrete mix, in conjunction with the full-scale demonstration test of an unreinforced concrete dome plug in the underground hard rock laboratory in Äspö, Sweden. The laboratory tests aimed at studying the creep properties under high sustained compressive stresses of the low-pH concrete mix, its shrinkage properties and the properties of the rock-concrete interface. This paper provides an overview of these tests and analyses the latest results of the recently completed creep tests, which include 6 years of measurements. These results allow to improve understanding of the structural behaviour of the concrete plug and to assess the effects of the very high pressure acting on the plug on its deformations, cracking and water tightness.




Silica fume

Self-compacting concrete

Material properties


Alexandre Mathern

NCC Infrastructure

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Konstruktionsteknik

Mathias Flansbjer

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Konstruktionsteknik

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Ingemar Löfgren

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Konstruktionsteknik

Thomas Concrete Group

Jonas Magnusson

NCC Infrastructure

Proceedings of the International Federation for Structural Concrete 5th International fib Congress, 7–11 October 2018, Melbourne, Australia


fib Congress 2018; Better, Smarter, Stronger
Melbourne, Australia,


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