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Title: Fluid percolation through single fractures

Large deviations from ''cubic-law'' dependence of laminar fluid flow through fractures on the apparent mechanical aperture of a fracture can be explained by assuming: 1) cubic-law dependence of flow on the actual local aperture at the microscopic level; 2) conservation of rock volume when deforming the fracture; and 3) macroscopic flow properties are dominated by the critical neck (the smallest aperture along the path of highest aperture through the fracture). copyright American Geophysical Union 1988
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6726253
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Geophys. Res. Lett.; (United States); Journal Volume: 15:11
Research Org:
Dept. of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, and Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; GEOLOGIC FRACTURES; LAMINAR FLOW; APERTURES; STRESSES; TOPOLOGY; FLUID FLOW; GEOLOGIC STRUCTURES; MATHEMATICS; OPENINGS 580300* -- Mineralogy, Petrology, & Rock Mechanics-- (-1989)