R. Englman, Y. Gur, Z. Jaeger

Dec 1, 1983

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Journal of Applied Mechanics

Abstract

A network of cracks pervading a rock is modeled by a random distribution of 2-dimensional intersecting, complex, narrow cracks. The percolation properties of the resulting network are studied as functions of the crack-area density and size of the medium. Gas flow commences at a finite value of the crack density which in Arkansas Novaculite rocks amounts, according to this model, to 670 cracks/sq cm. The mean probability of finding at least one crack intersecting another is 0.57 at the threshold density. Above that, the rock gas-flow permeability increases superlinearly with crack density due to the enhancement of short percolative paths. 27 references.