A hydromechanical representation of rock fractures

Andrew R. Piggott, Derek Elsworth

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A model describing the mechanical and hydraulic behavior of rock fractures subjected to shear loading is introduced. The model is based on statistical and geostatistical descriptions of fracture surface topography, an elastic deformation mechanism, and equivalent aperture concepts. The performance of the representation is demonstrated by modelling the behavior of a hypothetical fracture specimen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 1991
Event32nd U.S. Symposium on Rock Mechanics, USRMS 1991 - Norman, United States
Duration: Jul 10 1991Jul 12 1991


Other32nd U.S. Symposium on Rock Mechanics, USRMS 1991
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics


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