Journal Published Online: 01 December 1998
Volume 21, Issue 4

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



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.

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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
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Stock #: GTJ11372J
ISSN: 0149-6115
DOI: 10.1520/GTJ11372J