Grown Discrete Fracture Networks:

a new method for generating fractures according to their deformation history

Published Oct 31, 2019

Libby S, L Hartley, R Turnbull, M Cottrell, T Bym, N Josephson, R Munier, JO Selroos, D Mas Ivars. Grown Discrete Fracture Networks: a new method for generating fractures according to their deformation history. The 53rd US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, June 2019, New York City, USA (ARMA 19–1559).

This paper presents a new method for generation of simulated fractures where fractures ‘grow’ dynamically, permitting interaction during formation. These interactions mimic the natural processes of stress shadowing, termination of fractures on other fractures, linking of fractures, and the varied growth on a single fracture due to contrasting rock properties.

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