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A permeability evolution model for crystalline rocks subjected to coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical loading
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Land and Water Resources Engineering.
2013 (English)In: Chinese Journal of Rock Mechanics and Engineering, ISSN 1000-6915, Vol. 32, no 11, 2185-2195 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An anisotropic damage model was established for fluid-saturated crystalline rocks of low permeability in coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) loading conditions by using the micromechanical approach in the framework of thermodynamics. The proposed damage model accounts for the impacts of some important micromechanisms, such as the interstitial water pressure, normal stiffness recovery induced by compressed microcracks and sliding and shear dilatancy of closed microcracks, on the macromechanical properties of rocks under non-isothermal condition. On this basis, using various homogenization approaches, estimates were presented for the variations in effective permeability of cracked rocks induced by anisotropic damage propagation. The predictive limitations associated with the lower bound estimates for the effective permeability of damaged rocks were discussed; and a rigorous upper bound estimate was then presented to account for the influence of some important microstructural features, such as the connectivity and persistence of microcrack system, on the permeability variation. Existing laboratory tests on granite samples for damage-induced variation in permeability in triaxial condition and for uniaxial mechanical response after high-temperature thermal treatment, together with the in-situ measurements of excavation-induced damage zone and permeability variation in the surrounding rock of the TSX tunnel, were used to validate the proposed models.

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2013. Vol. 32, no 11, 2185-2195 p.
Keyword [en]
Crystalline rocks, Damage, Micromechanics, Permeability, Rock mechanics, Thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) coupling
National Category
Geotechnical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-141507ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84891287911OAI: diva2:697365

QC 20140218

Available from: 2014-02-18 Created: 2014-02-18 Last updated: 2014-02-18Bibliographically approved

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