Application of Geophysical Methods for Fracture Characterization

by K. H. Lee, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, United States,
E. L. Majer, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, United States,
T. V. McEvilly, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, United States,
H. F. Morrison, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


One of the most crucial needs in the design and implementation of an underground waste isolation facility is a reliable method for the detection and characterization of fractures in zones away from boreholes or subsurface workings. Geophysical methods may represent a solution to this problem. If fractures represent anomalies in the elastic properties or conductive properties of the rocks, then the seismic and electrical techniques may be useful in detecting and characterizing fracture properties.

Subject Headings: Rock properties | Cracking | Computer software | Radioactive wastes | Waste storage | Underground storage | Subsurface investigation | Building design | Nevada | United States

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