Hydraulic properties of fractured rock masses with correlated fracture length and aperture
2007 (English)In: International Journal of Rock Mechanics And Mining Sciences, ISSN 1365-1609, Vol. 44, no 5, 704-719 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Permeability of fractured rocks is investigated considering the correlation between distributed fracture aperture and trace length, based on a newly developed correlation equation. The influence of the second moment of the lognormal distribution of apertures on the existence of representative elementary volume (REV), and the possibility of equivalent permeability tensor of the fractured rock mass, is examined by simulating flow through a large number of stochastic discrete fracture network (DFN) models of varying sizes and varying fracture properties.
The REV size of the DFN models increases with the increase of the second moment of the lognormal distribution, for both the correlated and uncorrelated cases. The variation of overall permeability between different stochastic realizations is an order of magnitude larger when the aperture and length are correlated than when they are uncorrelated. The mean square error of the directional permeability increases with increasing value of the second moment of the lognormal distribution function, and good fitting to an ellipsis of permeability tensor can only be reached with very large sizes of DFN models, compared with the case of constant fracture aperture, regardless of fracture trace length.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 44, no 5, 704-719 p.
aperture distribution; correlation permeability; fracture rocks; representative elementary volume (REV); discrete fracture network (DFN); CRYSTALLINE ROCK; FIELD DATA; NETWORKS; FLOW; DISTRIBUTIONS; CONNECTIVITY; PERMEABILITY; MEDIA; MODEL; TRANSMISSIVITY
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8519DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2006.11.001ISI: 000245872400004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33847284549OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-8519DiVA: diva2:13866
QC 201007012008-05-272008-05-272010-07-02Bibliographically approved