Volume 6, Issue 1 (March 1983)
Electrical Analogy of Hydraulic Flow Through Rock Fractures
Electrical analogy is used to study the influence of contact areas on the hydraulic flow through rock fractures. The investigation has shown that in the case of radial flow the location of contact zones, as well as the total contact area, influences the flow rate. It is also demonstrated that when injection tests are conducted in boreholes, where the fracture close to the borehole is partially plugged by loose particles or other debris, the flow rate may be substantially underestimated.