Anisotropy of Cooling Joint Systems in Granite

S. Kano, G. Bignall, Noriyoshi Tsuchiya

研究成果: Conference article査読


Field observation and laboratory studies reveal that extrusive lava and intrusive rocks emplaced in the near-surface setting have natural joint networks typically characterized by pentagonal-hexagonal columnar structures, whilst fracture networks in deeper emplaced granitic complexes exhibit a parallelepiped joint structure. Thermal cracking experiments, using pseudo-magmatic material (i.e. paraffin) have clarified the relationship between the anisotropy of (natural) crack networks and external pressure. The observed difference in joint network patterns and structure in shallow intrusive/extrusive complexes, compared to deep plutonic rocks, is most strongly influenced by (inferred) depth of formation, and effect of confining pressure. A numerical thermal conduction model was used to evaluate the anisotropy of joint formation in granite. Joints parallel to the surface of granite rock body are explained by 'Eggshell' and 'Uplift' models, corresponding to cooling effects along the brittle-ductile transition boundary and/or the removal of superincumbent load, during uplift.

ジャーナルTransactions - Geothermal Resources Council
出版ステータスPublished - 2002 12月 1
イベントGeothermal Resources Council: 2002 Annual Meeting - Reno, NV, United States
継続期間: 2002 9月 222002 9月 25

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 再生可能エネルギー、持続可能性、環境
  • エネルギー工学および電力技術
  • 地球物理学


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