On May 18-20, 2016, Berkeley Lab hosted the Kick-Off Workshop for a new phase of the DECOVALEX Project, which is an international research and model comparison collaboration, consisting of a number of nuclear waste management organizations and regulatory authorities with several contributing research teams.
The workshop was attended by more than 45 participants representing 12 international organizations from 10 countries (Germany, Czech Republic, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Sweden, Japan, Korea, United States, and Canada). For the next four years, research teams sponsored by these organizations will collaboratively tackle new and exciting modeling test cases that will support ongoing development of numerical thermal-hydrological-mechanical (THM) and thermal-hydrological-mechanical-chemical (THMC) simulators and comparison of model results with field and laboratory data. The scope of DECOVALEX includes developing an understanding performance and safety assessment of nuclear waste repositories, and designing new experiments to support code and modeling developments.
Berkeley Lab is the coordinating organization for DECOVALEX, which stands for DEvelopment of COupled models and their VALidation against EXperiments. For more info about the DECOVALEX project, publications, and the impact it has made over the past 20+ years, go to: http://www.decovalex.org/