Experimental study of heterogeneous water flow in a sheared fracture

K. Sakaguchi, M. Goto, K. Matsuki

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Abstract

We developed an experimental system that can be used to conduct a shear-flow test under a constant normal stress using a flat-jack-type true triaxial compressive test apparatus. A shear flow test was carried out on a cubic specimen with a single tensile fracture with this experimental system. A comparison of the results of the numerical experiment and the shear-flow test suggest that the heterogeneity of fracture permeability may be governed by the spatial distribution of large and small apertures, which can form channels. Thus, continuity between localized passes formed by apertures of various sizes can contribute to the appearance of channels, along with merely large passes. The contact regions of the fracture surfaces enlarged and localized with an increase in shear displacement, and the flow of water in the fracture was blocked. Additionally, gouged material that was produced by contact of the fracture surfaces may have affected the fracture permeability.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 1
Event44th US Rock Mechanics Symposium and the 5th US/Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium - Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Duration: 2010 Jun 272010 Jun 30

Other

Other44th US Rock Mechanics Symposium and the 5th US/Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium
CountryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City, UT
Period10/6/2710/6/30

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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