Welcome to the website for collaboration between U.S and German researchers with a mutual interest in radioactive waste disposal in deep geologic salt repositories. This year we are pleased to announce that we will be holding our FIFTH workshop in the series titled Salt Repository Research, Design, and Operation. Using this website you can explore the technical agenda for the workshop, the workshop venue, companion tours that are being offered, and the one-day geology tour that we are offering.The purpose of these series of workshops is to assemble invited key investigators in salt repository science and engineering. These researchers have identified a coordinated research agenda. That agenda was agreed to in principle by all participants (individually or in concert with others) with the intent of maximizing individual resources for the mutual benefit of each program. Each year the workshop has highlighted an area of interest (see previous workshops).
The fifth workshop will highlight Repository Design and Operationsand this topic will be the focus of the first day. The focus of the second day will be the Thermomechanical Behavior Of Salt, Plugging And Sealing, And The Safety Case. Special topics will be addressed on the third day.Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) , Deutsche Gesellschaft zum Bau und Betrieb von Endlagern für Abfallstoffe (DBE TEC) and Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA) look forward to welcoming participants this year from: the U.S Department of Energy (DOE), Research Specialists (RESPEC), DEEP GmbH, Clausthal University of Technology (TU Clausthal), Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe/Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resource (BGR), Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Germany)(BMWi), Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz/Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BFS), Institut für Gebirgsmechanik GmbH (IfG), Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS), Braunschweig University of Technology (TU Braunschweig), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/Institute for Nuclear Waste Disposal (KIT/INE), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA), Landesamt für Bergbau, Energie und Geologie/State Authority for Mining, Energy, and Geology (LBEG), Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG).
With this US/German Workshop series now in its fifth year, we wish to thank two people whose dedication to furthering salt repository science through international collaboration has made this series of workshops possible. Andrew Orrell’s professional experience spans technical and managerial efforts at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and the Yucca Mountain Programs in the US, as well as technical support for several international programs involving geologic repository development. He will now lend his talents to the IAEA. Enrique Biurrun has headed diverse repository research, development, demonstration, and provided management leadership for more than 30 years. He recently retired as Head of the International Cooperation Department in DBE Technology GmbH. Renewed relationships have given rise to prolific salt research collaborations, which in turn rekindled the concept of an international “Salt Club” under the auspices of the OECD-NEA, as a forum for implementing international cooperation and exchange.Thank you, gentlemen.