Journal of Earth System Science, Volume (123), No (6), Year (2014-4) , Pages (1325-1334)

Title : ( Predictive permeability model of faults in crystalline rocks; verification by joint hydraulic factor (JH) obtained from water pressure tests )

Authors: hamidreza rostamibarani , Gholam Reza Lashkaripour , Mohammad Ghafoori ,

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In the present study, a new model is proposed to predict the permeability per fracture in the fault zones by a new parameter named joint hydraulic factor (JH). JH is obtained from Water Pressure Test (WPT) and modified by the degree of fracturing. The results of JH correspond with quantitative fault zone descriptions, qualitative fracture, and fault rock properties. In this respect, a case study was done based on the data collected from Seyahoo dam site located in the east of Iran to provide the permeability prediction model of fault zone structures. Datasets including scan-lines, drill cores, and water pressure tests in the terrain of Andesite and Basalt rocks were used to analyse the variability of in-site relative permeability of a range from fault zones to host rocks. The rock mass joint permeability quality, therefore, is defined by the JH. JH data analysis showed that the background sub-zone had commonly <3 Lu (less of 5×10−5 m3/s) per fracture, whereas the fault core had permeability characteristics nearly as low as the outer damage zone, represented by 8 Lu (1.3×10−4 m3/s) per fracture, with occasional peaks towards 12 Lu (2×10−4 m3/s) per fracture. The maximum JH value belongs to the inner damage zone, marginal to the fault core, with 14–22 Lu (2.3×10−4–3.6×10−4 m3/s) per fracture, locally exceeding 25 Lu (4.1×10−4 m3/s) per fracture. This gives a proportional relationship for JH approximately 1:4:2 between the fault core, inner damage zone, and outer damage zone of extensional fault zones in crystalline rocks. The results of the verification exercise revealed that the new approach would be efficient and that the JH parameter is a reliable scale for the fracture permeability change. It can be concluded that using short duration hydraulic tests (WPTs) and fracture frequency (FF) to calculate the JH parameter provides a possibility to describe a complex situation and compare, discuss, and weigh the hydraulic quality to make predictions as to the permeability models and permeation amounts of different zone structures.

Keywords

Permeability; fault zones; fracture distribution; water pressure test (WPT); joint hydraulic factor (JH); Seyahoo
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@article{paperid:1042753,
author = {Rostamibarani, Hamidreza and Lashkaripour, Gholam Reza and Ghafoori, Mohammad},
title = {Predictive permeability model of faults in crystalline rocks; verification by joint hydraulic factor (JH) obtained from water pressure tests},
journal = {Journal of Earth System Science},
year = {2014},
volume = {123},
number = {6},
month = {April},
issn = {0253-4126},
pages = {1325--1334},
numpages = {9},
keywords = {Permeability; fault zones; fracture distribution; water pressure test (WPT); joint hydraulic factor (JH); Seyahoo dam.},
}

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%0 Journal Article
%T Predictive permeability model of faults in crystalline rocks; verification by joint hydraulic factor (JH) obtained from water pressure tests
%A Rostamibarani, Hamidreza
%A Lashkaripour, Gholam Reza
%A Ghafoori, Mohammad
%J Journal of Earth System Science
%@ 0253-4126
%D 2014

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