Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP160101158 [ 2016 - 2020 ]

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Researchers Dr Rosalind King; Dr Simon Holford; Dr Khalid Amrouch; Dr Dave Healy; Prof Richard Hillis

Brief description This project aims to improve understanding of subsurface fluid transport through fractures. Fractures in rock provide interconnected, hydraulically conductive networks enabling large-volume fluid transport through sedimentary basins. The ability of a fracture to transmit fluid is primarily controlled by the in situ stress field, but also by rock strength, fracture plane orientation and roughness and pore-fluid pressure. We have a good understanding of in situ stress within many sedimentary basins, but know very little about the nature and origin of natural fractures. This project aims to provide a detailed, quantitative understanding of the nature and origin of natural fractures in the subsurface, which is critical for predicting fluid migration within aquifers, carbon dioxide storage sites, and geothermal and hydrocarbon reservoirs.

Funding Amount $230,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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