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Fractography: fracture topography as a tool in fracture mechanics and stress analysis

Product Code: SP092
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by M. S. Ameen
Publication Date: 17 July 1995
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Special Publication 92.

This volume introduces the principles and procedures involved in the description and analysis of fracture surface topographies. It contains a wide range of case studies from core and field samples, as well as from experimentally produced fractures, which illustrate the application of fractography to fracture studies.

Fractography is a powerful tool that has been largely neglected by those who deal with fracture characterization. A greater understanding of the subject is essential to the development of oil and gas fields, particularly deep and marginal fields. In addition, incorporating fractographic data into models of rock masses, such as the permeability of hydrocarbon reservoirs and the stability of tunnels or underground nuclear waste repositories, will undoubtedly enhance there feasibility.

The book also presents new methods of quantitative measurement of fracture topography, and outlines areas needing further research and development. The volume will be of interest to a broad range of researchers and professionals in fracture mechanics, as well as structural, engineering and petroleum geology, material sciences and mining engineering.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-897799-32-2
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-897799-32-1
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 240
Weight: 0.65 kg


Fractographic studies • Methods of observation, data collection and processing / quantitative fractography • Surface morphology characteristics of rock discontinuities with particular reference to their genesis • The anisotropy of surface roughness measured using a digital photogrammetric technique • Application of fractography to fracture analysis from core • Fractographic features of joints of KTB drill cores (Bavaria, Germany) • Fractography applied to the analysis of experimentally produced fractures in rocks and non-rocks • Observations on fractography with laboratory experiments for geologists • The character of rock surfaces formed in Mode I • Fractography applied to fracture analysis in field studies aimed at understanding regional tectonics • Fractography and fracture characterization in the Permo-Triassic sandstones and Lower Palaeozoic Basement, West Cumbria, UK • Fracture characterization in the Chalk and the evolution of the Thanet monocline, Kent, southern England • Fracture surface markings in Liassic limestone at Lavernock Point, South Wales • Non-fractographic studies • Miscellaneous studies of fractures • The expression of hydraulic fracturing in rocks and sediments • Spatial change in joint geometry in the Chalk of eastern England • Factors controlling joint spacing in interbedded sedimentary rocks: integrating numerical models with field observations from Monterey Formation, USA • Index


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