Hydraulic conductivity of rock fractures

@article{Zimmerman1994HydraulicCO,
  title={Hydraulic conductivity of rock fractures},
  author={Robert W. Zimmerman and G. Bodvarsson},
  journal={Transport in Porous Media},
  year={1994},
  volume={23},
  pages={1-30}
}
The flow of a single-phase fluid through a rough-walled rock fracture is discussed within the context of fluid mechanics. The derivation of the ‘cubic law’ is given as the solution to the Navier-Stokes equations for flow between smooth, parallel plates - the only fracture geometry that is amenable to exact treatment. The various geometric and kinematic conditions that are necessary in order for the Navier-Stokes equations to be replaced by the more tractable lubrication or Hele-Shaw equations… CONTINUE READING

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