Compaction of a Rock Fracture Moderated by Competing Roles of Stress Corrosion and Pressure Solution

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Unusually rapid closure of stressed fractures, observed in the initial stages of loading and at low temperatures, is examined using models for subcritical crack growth and pressure solution. The model for stress corrosion examines tensile stress concentrations induced at the Hertzian contact of propping fracture asperities, and mediates fracture growth… (More)

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