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Rock Fractures and Fluid Flow

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Research topics and projects include:
Fluid transport in reservoirs Reservoir modelling Rock mechanics Seismotectonics
Structural Geology Thermodynamics/Statistical Mechanics Tectonophysics Volcanotectonics

The main activities of the group in this field include:

  • obtaining detailed quantitative data sets on extension fractures and faults with a view of understanding the fluid-transport potential,
  • making analytical models as to the fluid overpressure and transport during fracture development,
  • making numerical models on how fracture propagate and link up into clusters that reach the percolation threshold or, alternatively, become arrested at layer contacts (or at other discontinuities), whereby the percolation threshold may not be reached, and
  • understanding the development of carbonate-reservoir permeability in relation to fault rocks (fault core and damage zone) and how the fault rocks give rise to local stresses which, in turn, control fault slip and permeability development.
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Contact: rf3@es.rhul.ac.uk


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