The EGS Collab project is focused on understanding and predicting permeability enhancement and evolution in crystalline rocks. To accomplish this, the project is creating a suite of intermediate-scale (~10-20 m) field test beds coupled with stimulation and interwell flow tests that will provide a basis to better understand the fracture geometries and processes that control heat transfer between rock and stimulated fractures. As part of the site characterization effort for the first experimental test bed, our team has worked on mapping the distribution, orientation, and nature of open and healed fractures exposed along the drift wall and within the eight bore holes drilled for this test bed. The fractures have been characterized through detailed description of continuous cores obtained from these boreholes, evaluation of televiewer logs, and mapping of fractures and seeps exposed along the drift wall. The fracture data are being compiled and interpreted for slip and dilation tendencies, and will be incorporated into coupled-process geomechanical flow and transport models to better constrain the planned flow and tracer tests.
the Distribution, Orientation, and Characteristics of Natural Fractures for Experiment 1 of the EGS Collab Project, Sanford Underground Research Facility
Ulrich, C., Dobson, P. F., Kneafsey, T. J., Roggenthen, W. M., Uzunlar, N., Doe, T. W., Neupane, G., Podgorney, R., Schwering, P., Frash, L., and A. Singh. "the Distribution, Orientation, and Characteristics of Natural Fractures for Experiment 1 of the EGS Collab Project, Sanford Underground Research Facility." Paper presented at the 52nd U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, Seattle, Washington, June 2018.
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