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Dynamics of Fluids and Transport in Fractured Rock

Vol. 162, 2005

ISSN: 0065-8448; ISBN: 978-0-87590-427-6

Dynamics of Fluids and Transport in Fractured Rock

B. Faybishenko, P. A. Witherspoon, and J. Gale (Eds.)

How to characterize fluid flow, heat, and chemical transport in geologic media remains a central challenge for geo-scientists and engineers worldwide. Investigations of fluid flow and transport within rock relate to such fundamental and applied problems as environmental remediation; nonaqueous phase liquid (NAPL) transport; exploitation of oil, gas, and geothermal resources; disposal of spent nuclear fuel; and geotechnical engineering. It is widely acknowledged that fractures in unsaturated-saturated rock can play a major role in solute transport from the land surface to underlying aquifers. It is also evident that general issues concerning flow and transport predictions in subsurface fractured zones can be resolved in a practical manner by integrating investigations into the physical nature of flow in fractures, developing relevant mathematical models and modeling approaches, and collecting site characterization data. Because of the complexity of flow and transport processes in most fractured rock flow problems, it is not yet possible to develop models directly from first principles. One reason for this is the presence of episodic, preferential water seepage and solute transport, which usually proceed more rapidly than expected from volume-averaged and time-averaged models. However, the physics of these processes is still known.

Citation: Faybishenko, B., P. A. Witherspoon, and J. Gale (Eds.) (2005), Dynamics of Fluids and Transport in Fractured Rock, Geophys. Monogr. Ser., vol. 162, 207 pp., AGU, Washington, D. C., doi:10.1029/GM162.

Faybishenko, Boris; Witherspoon, Paul A.; Gale, John


pp. vii-viii

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Faybishenko, Boris; Witherspoon, Paul A.; Bodvarsson, Gudmundur S.; Gale, John

Emerging issues in fractured-rock flow and transport investigations: Introduction and overview

pp. 1-11

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Molz, Fred J.; Meerschaert, Mark M.; Kozubowski, Tom J.; Hyden, Paul D.

Do heterogeneous sediment properties and turbulent velocity fluctuations have something in common? Some history and a new stochastic process

pp. 13-22

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Berkowitz, Brian; Scher, Harvey

Quantification of non-fickian transport in fractured formations

pp. 23-31

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Adler, P.M.; Mourzenko, V.V.; Thovert, J.-F.; Bogdanov, I.

Study of single and multiphase flow in fractured porous media, using a percolation approach

pp. 33-41

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Wang, H.F.; Strand, T.E.; Berryman, J.G.

Percolation-continuum model of evaporative drying: Homogeneous or patchy saturation?

pp. 43-54

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Al-Yaarubi, Azzan H.; Pain, Chris C.; Grattoni, Carlos A.; Zimmerman, Robert W.

Navier-stokes simulations of fluid flow through a rock fracture

pp. 55-64

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Rosenzweig, Ravid; Shavit, Uri

Theoretical and numerical study of flow at the interface of porous media

pp. 65-80

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Pruess, Karsten

Numerical simulations show potential for strong nonisothermal effects during fluid leakage from a geologic disposal reservoir for CO2

pp. 81-89

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Sawada, Atsushi; Saegusa, Hiromitsu; Ijiri, Yuji

Uncertainty in groundwater flow simulations caused by multiple modeling approaches, at the Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory, Japan

pp. 91-101

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Holt, Robert M.; Beauheim, Richard L.; Powers, Dennis W.

Predicting fractured zones in the Culebra Dolomite

pp. 103-115

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Grenier, Christophe; Fourno, André; Mouche, Emmanuel; Delay, Frédérick; Benabderrahmane, Hakim

Assessment of retention processes for transport in a fractured system at Äspö (Sweden) granitic site: From short-time experiments to long-time predictive models

pp. 117-128

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Löfman, Jari; Mészáros, Ferenc

Simulation of hydraulic disturbances caused by the underground rock characterization facility in Olkiluoto, Finland

pp. 129-149

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Weisbrod, Noam; Pillersdorf, Modi; Dragila, Maria; Graham, Chris; Cassidy, James; Cooper, Clay A.

Evaporation from fractures exposed at the land surface: Impact of gas-phase convection on salt accumulation

pp. 151-164

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Falta, Ronald W.

Dissolved chemical discharge from fractured clay aquitards contaminated by DNAPLs

pp. 165-174

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Pritchett, John W.

Dry-steam wellhead discharges from liquid-dominated geothermal reservoirs: A result of coupled nonequilibrium multiphase fluid and heat flow through fractured rock

pp. 175-181

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Kinner, Nancy E.; Eighmy, T. Taylor; Mills, M.; Coulburn, J.; Tisa, L.

Microbial processes in fractured rock environments

pp. 183-193

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Arnon, Shai; Adar, Eilon; Ronen, Zeev; Yakirevich, Alexander; Nativ, Ronit

The effect of microbial activity on biodegradation of 2,4,6-Tribromophenol and flow in naturally fractured chalk cores

pp. 195-207

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