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Transient fluid flow in and around a fault

Braun, Jean; Munroe, S; Cox, Stephen


We present the results of simple numerical experiments in which we study the evolution with time of fluid flow around and within a permeable fault embedded in a less permeable porous medium. Fluid movement is driven by an imposed vertical pressure gradient. The results show that fluid flow is controlled by two timescales: τf = S/2 / KF and τF = S/2 / KM, where S is the specific storage of the porous material, / the length of the fault, and KM and KF are the hydraulic conductivities of the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Geofluids
DOI: 10.1046/j.1468-8123.2003.00051.x


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