Rock Fractures and Fluid Flow
The general focus of the Rock Fractures and Fluid Flow (RF3) research group is on the physics of various geological and physical processes. Special emphasis is on rock fractures, their initiation, propagation, and arrests, as well as the transport of the various types of crustal fluids (ground water, geothermal water, magma, oil, and gas) in individual fractures and fracture networks. Given this emphasis, the work of the group covers fields such as fractured reservoirs, rock physics, volcanotectonics, and seismotectonics. These and other main research fields where the group is active, are listed on the research page.
RF3 collaborates with groups in universities within the UK and abroad. In particular, the group collaborates with some rock-physics laboratories, as well as with industrial partners. Within the general research fields listed below, the specific topics/projects by RF3 include the following:
- Propagation paths of fluid-driven fractures (including hydraulic fractures, dykes, inclines sheets, sills, and mineral veins)
- Failure and collapse of volcanic edifices (including lateral collapses, landslides, and vertical collapses, calderas
- Magma chamber formation and development
- Formation, maintenance and evolution of geothermal and hydrothermal systems
- Fracture networks and fluid flow in reservoirs and aquifers
- Unconventional reservoirs
- Solar energy potential in the urban areas
- Earthquake mechanics
The predominant aim of the group is to improve our understanding of the associated geological and physical processes through the combination of field work, experimental work, analytical modelling, statistical modelling and numerical modelling.