The Application of Computer-Assisted Tomography in the Analysis of Fracture Geometry

    Volume 21, Issue 4 (December 1998)

    ISSN: 0149-6115

    CODEN: GTJOAD

    Page Count: 8


    Walters, DA
    Duke Engineering & Services (Canada), Inc., Calgary, Alberta

    Wong, RCK
    The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

    Kantzas, A
    The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

    Abstract

    An experimental study was conducted to investigate the surface characteristics of an oil sand fracture. The oil sand fracture was induced in core samples along the axis of the sample using the Brazilian tension test. A computer-assisted tomography scanning analysis was performed to determine the fracture geometry. The fracture was shown to be a variable aperture system that would have significant effects of the permeability of the fracture. The aperture distributions of the fractures were found to follow a log-normal distribution, similar to that of previously studied rock fractures.


    Paper ID: GTJ11372J

    DOI: 10.1520/GTJ11372J

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    Title The Application of Computer-Assisted Tomography in the Analysis of Fracture Geometry
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