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Advances in Fracture Characterization in Engineering Geology: Monitoring, Interpretation, and Modeling

  • Submission deadline: 17 September 2021
  • Lead Editor: Yonghui Wu, China University of Mining and Technology, China
  • Guest Editors:
    • Pin Jia, University of Petroleum, Beijing, China
    • Hao Xiong, University of Oklahoma, USA
    • Xiang Rao, Yangtze University, China
    • Hao Liu, Hohai University, China

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Fractured media are widespread in engineering geology, either naturally or artificially generated. In petroleum and geothermal engineering, hydraulic fracturing is widely used to generate many artificial fractures to enhance rock permeability. In tunnel and mining engineering, the fractures generated in the strata and dam should be controlled and avoided to maintain the mechanical properties.

Fracture characterization is of great significance in engineering geology because it is a crucial step before making forecasts and taking development measures. This is a huge challenge at present because of the large heterogeneities and uncertainties involved, especially after hydraulic fracturing and underground mining. In recent years, great progress has been made in monitoring technologies and assisted fracture interpretation and modeling approaches, such as seismic and microseismic monitoring.

This Special Issue aims to present recent advances in fracture characterization in the field of engineering geology. Both research and review articles are welcome. Articles proposing fracture modeling methods with core, well-log, seismic, and microseismic data are especially welcome. Articles interpreting and calibrating the fracture parameters with dynamic data, as well as articles presenting fracture initiation, propagation, and closure mechanisms in the engineering geology area, are also encouraged.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Hydraulic fracturing
  • Mining-induced fractures
  • Natural fracture characterization
  • Seismic and microseismic data interpretation
  • Fracture modeling and upscaling
  • Fracture interpretation with multiple data
  • Uncertainty quantification
  • Fracture initiation and propagation
  • Fractures in different scales
  • Dynamic fracture properties under stress and interactions
  • Mechanical properties of fractured media

Papers are published upon acceptance.

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