Analysis of shear dilation and permeability of a hydraulic fracture in granite

K. Matsuki, K. Sakaguchi, Y. Inoue

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Abstract

Two-dimensional height distributions were measured along matched paths for the upper and lower surfaces of a hydraulic fracture created in the laboratory for granite. An analysis on dilatant behaviors and the permeability of the fracture during shear under small normal stress and during closure after being sheared was performed by using the height distributions of the surfaces and by solving Reynolds equation with a finite difference method. The results showed that remarkable shear dilation occurring under small normal stress results from the decrease in the degree of correlation between the two fracture surfaces and is governed by components with a few largest wavelengths, and that the hydraulic aperture normalized by the mean aperture of a sheared fracture is much greater than that of a fracture without being sheared when they are closed to have the same mean aperture normalized by the initial standard deviation of the aperture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages765-768
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Event9th International Society for Rock Mechanics Congress, ISRM 1999 - Paris, France
Duration: 1999 Aug 251999 Aug 28

Other

Other9th International Society for Rock Mechanics Congress, ISRM 1999
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period99/8/2599/8/28

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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