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Correlations between Geometric Properties and Permeability of 2D Fracture Networks


Medium: journal article
Language(s): English
Published in: Advances in Civil Engineering, , v. 2021
Page(s): 1-7
DOI: 10.1155/2021/6645238

The equivalent permeability of fractured rock masses plays an important role in understanding the fluid flow and solute transport properties in underground engineering, yet the effective predictive models have not been proposed. This study established mathematical expressions to link permeability of 2D fracture networks to the geometric properties of fractured rock masses, including number density of fracture lines, total length of fractures per square meter, and fractal dimensions of fracture network structures and intersections. The results show that the equivalent permeability has power law relationships with the geometric properties of fracture networks. The fractal dimensions that can be easily obtained from an engineering site can be used to predict the permeability of a rock fracture network. When the fractal dimensions of fracture network structures and intersections exceed the critical values, the effect of randomness of fracture locations is negligible. The equivalent permeability of a fracture network increases with the increment of fracture density and/or fractal dimensions proportionally.

Copyright: © Xiaolin Wang et al.

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