Rock Physics Research Group

Effect of Fractures on Seismic and Acoustic Wave Propagation

Journal Publications & Conference Proceedings:

Elastic Interface Waves along a Fracture
Pyrak-Nolte, L. J. and N.G.W. Cook  1987,  Geophysical Research Letters, volume: 14 issue: (11) 1107-1110.

Seismic visibility of fractures
L.J. Pyrak-Nolte & N.G.W. Cook, L.R. Myer  1987,  Rock Mechanics: Proceedings of the 28th U.S. Symposium, University of Arizona, Tucson,  editors:  I.W. Farmer, J.J.K. Daemen, C.S. Desai, C.E. Glass & S.P.Neuman, Pubs. A.A. Balkema (Rotterdam), 47-56,  June 1987.

Transmission of Seismic Waves across Single Natural Fractures
Pyrak-Nolte, L. J., Myer, L. R. and N.G.W. Cook  1990,  Journal of Geophysical Research, volume: 95 issue: (B6), pages: 8617-8638.

Anisotropy in Seismic Velocities and Amplitudes from Multiple Parallel Fractures
Pyrak-Nolte, L. J., Myer, L. R. and N.G.W. Cook  1990,  Journal of Geophysical Research, volume: 95 issue: (B7), pages: 11,345-11,358.

Frequency Dependence of Fracture Stiffness
Pyrak-Nolte, L. J. and D. D. Nolte  1992,  Geophysical Research Letters, volume: 19 issue: (3)  pages 325-328.

Elastic Interface Waves along a Fracture: Theory and Experiment
Pyrak-Nolte, L. J., Xu, J. abd G. M. Haley, 1992  Physical Review Letters, v. 68, no. 24, p3650-3653.

Variation of Shear-Wave Amplitude during Frictional Sliding
W.Y. Chan, C.W. Lovell, G.M. Haley, L.J. Pyrak-Nolte  1993,   International Journal of Rock Mechanics Mining Science & Geomechanics Abstracts , volume: 30 issue: (7) , pages: 779-784.

Wavelet Analysis of Velocity Dispersion of Elastic Interface Waves Propagating along a Fracture
Pyrak-Nolte, L. J. and D. D. Nolte  1995,  Geophysical Research Letters, volume: 22 issue: (11), pages: 1329-1332.

Interface Waves Propagating along Tensile Fractures in Dolomite
Roy, S. and L. J. Pyrak-Nolte  1995,  Geophysical Research Letters, volume: 22 issue: (20), pages: 2773-2776.

Fracture Interface Waves
Gu, B., Nihei, K.T., Myer, L.R. and L.J. Pyrak-Nolte,  1996,  Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 101, no. B1, 827-835.

Elastic interface wave propagation along a fracture
K.Nihei, B. Gu, L. Myer, L .Pyrak-Nolte, N. Cook  1995,  Proceedings of the Eighth International Congress on Rock Mechanics  editors:  Herausgeber & T. Fujii, Tokyo, Japan, pages: 1151-1157.

Interface waves along fractures
Pyrak-Nolte, L. J., Mullenbach, B. L., and S. Roy  1996,  Journal of Applied Geophysics , pages: 35, 79-87.

Incipient Interface Waves used to Monitor Rock Failure
Pyrak-Nolte, L. J., Roy, S. and C. Neumann  1996,  Proceedings of teh 2nd North American Rock Mechanics Symposium: NARMS'96 Montreal, Quebec, Canada  editors: M. Aubertin, F. Hassani & H. Mitri, A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam, , pages: 1169-1175,  19-21 June 1996.

The Seismic Response of Fractures and the Interrelationships Among Fracture Properties
Pyrak-Nolte, L. J.  1996,  International Journal of Rock Mechanics Mining Science & Geomechanics Abstracts, volume: 33 issue: (8), pages: 785-802.

Observation of a Distinct Compressional-Mode Interface Waves on a Single Fracture
Roy, S. and L. J. Pyrak-Nolte  1997,  Geophysical Research Letters , volume: 24 issue: (2) , pages: 173-176.

Transition from the displacement discontinuity limit to the resonant scattering regime for fracture interface waves
Nolte, D. D., Pyrak-Nolte, L. J., Beachy, J. and C. Ziegler  2000,  International Journal of Rock Mechanics Mining Science & Geomechanics Abstracts, volume: 37, pages: 219-230.

Monitoring Fracture Evolution with Compressional-Mode Interface Waves
Pyrak-Nolte, L. J. and S. Roy  2000,  Geophysical Research Letters, volume: 27 issue: (20), pages: 3397-3400

Compressional Waves Guided between Parallel Fractures
Xian, C. J., Pyrak-Nolte, L. J. and D. D. Nolte  2001,   International Journal of Rock Mechanics Mining Science & Geomechanics Abstracts

Seismic Focusing by a Single Fracture
Oliger, A., Nolte, D. D. and L. J. Pyrak-Nolte  2003,  Geophysical Research Letters , volume: 30 issue: (5), pages: 1203, doi:10.1029/2002GL016264

Seismic Monitoring of Fracture Alteration by Mineral Deposition
Gilbert, Z. and L. J. Pyrak-Nolte  2004,   Proceedings of Gulf Rocks 2004, 6th North American Rock Mechanics Symposium, Houston, Texas

Fracture anisotropy: The role of fracture-stiffness gradients
L. J. Pyrak-Nolte  2007,  The Leading Edge, volume: 26 issue: (9), pages: 1124-1127,  September 2007

Laboratory-scale study of field of view and the seismic interpretation of fracture specific stiffness
A. Acosta-Colon, L. J. Pyrak-Nolte, D. D. Nolte  2009,  Geophysical Prospecting, volume: 57 , pages: 209-224

Microbially-Induced Heterogeneity in the Acoustic Properties of Porous Media
Davis, C. A., L. J. Pyrak-Nolte, E. A. Atekwana, D. D. Werkema Jr., and M. E. Haugen,  2009,  Geophys. Res. Lett.

The effect of fabric-controlled layering on compressional and shear wave propagation in carbonate rock
Weiwei Li, Christopher Petrovitch, Laura J.Pyrak-Nolte  2009,  Internation Journal of the JCRM, Japanese Committee for Rock Mechanics, Special Issue on Geophysics, volume: 4 issue: (2) , pages: 79-85, doi:10.1029/2009GL039569

Acoustic and electrical property changes due to microbial growth and biofilm formation in porous media
Davis, C. A., L. J. Pyrak-Nolte, E. A. Atekwana, D. D. Werkema Jr., and M. E. Haugen  2010,  Journal of Geophyysical Research, pages: 115, doi:10.1029/2009JG001143

Interface waves along fractures in anisotropic media
Shao, S. and L. J. Pyrak-Nolte, 2012, Geophysics, vol 78, no 4, (July - August 2013), T99-T112, DOI 10.1190/GEO2012-0464.1

 The effect of surface roughness and mixed-mode loading on the stiffness ratio kx/kz for fractures
Choi, M.-K., Bobet, A. and L. J. Pyrak-Nolte, 2013, Geophysics, vol 78, no 4, (July - August 2013), T99-T112, DOI 10.1190/GEO2012-0464.1 

Measurements of elastic constants in anisotropic media
Abell, B.C., Shao, S. and L. J. Pyrak-Nolte, 2013, Geophysics, vol 79, no 5, (September - October 2014), D349-D362, DOI 10.1190/GEO2013-0023.1

Coupled wedge waves
Abell, B.C. and L. J. Pyrak-Nolte, 2013, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol 134, no 5, (November 2013), 3551-3560 

Multi-modal monitoring of slip along frictional discontinuities
Hedayat, A., Pyrak-Nolte, L.J. and A. Bobet, 2014, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, DOI 10.1007/s00603-014-0588-7 

Precursors to shear failure of rock discontinuities
Hedayat, A., Pyrak-Nolte, L.J. and A. Bobet, 2014, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, DOI 10.1002/2014GL060848 

Wave guiding in fractured layered media
Shao, S., Petrovitch, C.L. and L. J. Pyrak-Nolte, 2015, from Fundamental Controls on Fluid Flow in Carbonates:  Current Workflows to Emerging Technologies, editors S.M. Agar & S. Geiger, Geological Soceity, London, Special Publication, 406, 375-400, First published online June 2, 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1144/SP406.8

A discontinuous Galerkin method with a modified penalty flux for the propagation and scattering of acousto-elastic waves
Ye, R., de Hoop, M.V., Petrovitch, C. L, Pyrak-Nolte, L.J. and L. C. Wilcox, 2016, Geophys. J. Int.205 (2): 1267-1289.doi: 10.1093/gji/ggw070

Wave propagation in isotropic media with two orthogonal fracture sets
Shao, S. and L. J. Pyrak-Nolte, 2016, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, DOI 10.1007/s00603-016-1084-z, 16 pages. 

Elastic Wave Propagation in Fractured Anisotropic Media (reprints available upon request)
Pyrak-Nolte, L. J., Abell, B.C. and S. Shao, 2016,  CRC/Balkema “Rock Mechanics and Engineering Volume 1: Principles”, ed. X.-T. Feng. 

Active seismic monitoring of crack initiation, propgation and coalescence in rock
Modiriasari, A., Bobet, A. and K. J. Pyrak-Nolte, 2017, Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, doi:10.1007/s00603-017-1235-x