Fractal Characteristics of Fracture Roughness and Aperture Data

by Sunil Kumar, Polytechnic Univ, Brooklyn, United States,
Jim Boernge, Polytechnic Univ, Brooklyn, United States,
Gudmundur Bodvarsson, Polytechnic Univ, Brooklyn, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991


In this study mathematical expressions are developed for the characteristics of apertures between rough surfaces. It shown that the correlation between the opposite surfaces influences the aperture properties and different models are presented for these different surface correlations. Fracture and apertures profiles measured from intact fractures are evaluated and it is found that they qualitatively follow the mathematically predicted trends.

Subject Headings: Surface properties | Fractals | Cracking | Correlation | Water resources | Fluid flow | Underground storage | Hydraulic roughness | Nevada | United States

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