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Experimental characterization and micromechanical modeling of damage-induced permeability variation in Beishan granite
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2014 (English)In: International Journal of Rock Mechanics And Mining Sciences, ISSN 1365-1609, E-ISSN 1873-4545, Vol. 71, 64-76 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Triaxial compression tests with measurements of permeability were performed on core granite samples taken at 450-550 m depth from the Beishan area in Gansu Province, a potential site for China's high-level radioactive waste (HLW) disposal. Corresponding to the distinct features in the stress-strain behaviors, the permeability of the Beishan granite was found to evolve with a clear permeability decrease in the initial microcrack closure region, a constant permeability value in the elastic region and a dramatic permeability increase in the crack growth region. The permeability increases by up to and over two orders of magnitude as deviatoric stress increases up to sample failure; but at a given deviatoric stress, the permeability reduces remarkably with the increase of confining pressure. An empirical upper bound permeability model was presented by relating the mechanisms involved in the microstructure alteration to the permeability change, and the experimental results were well simulated by the proposed model. Combined with field geological characterization and numerical simulation, the implications of the experimental results for China's HLW disposal were discussed.

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2014. Vol. 71, 64-76 p.
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Permeability, Damage, Microcracks, Micromechanics, Beishan granite
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Mineral and Mine Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-155790DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2014.07.002ISI: 000343097600008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84905387208OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-155790DiVA: diva2:763456
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