Rock Physics Research Group

Geometry of Single Fractures and Fracture Networks

Fracture Geometry

Journal Publications and Conference Proceedings:

Hydraulic and Mechanical Properties of Natural Fractures in Low Permeability Rock
Pyrak-Nolte, L.J., Myer, L.R., Cook, N.G.W., and P.A. Witherspoon1987,  Proceedings of the Sixth International Congress on Rock Mechanics  editors: G. Herget & S. Vongpaisal, Montreal, Canada, , pages: 225-231,  August 1987, Pubs. A.A. Balkema (Rotterdam) View

Stratified Continuum Percolation: Scaling Geometry of Hierarchical Cascades
Nolte, D.D. and L.J. Pyrak-Nolte1991,  Physical Review A , volume: 44 , pages: 6320-6333,  View

Fractures: Multifractals & Finite-Size Scaling
Pyrak-Nolte, L.J., Myer, L.R., and D.D. Nolte1992,  Pure and Applied Geophysics , volume: 138 issue: (4) , pages: 679-706,  View

Immiscible Fluid Flow in a Fracture,
Pyrak-Nolte, L. J., Helgeson, D. and G. M. Haley1992,  Rock Mechanics, Proceedings of the 33rd U.S. Symposium  editors: Tillerson & Wawersik, Santa Fe, New Mexico, , pages: 571-578,   3-5 June, 1992 View

Mercury Porosimetry Studies on a Natural Fracture
Myer, L. R., Cook-Polek, A. M., Pyrak-Nolte, L. J. and C. Marone1992,  Proceedings of the Fourth Annual International Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 26-30  ASCE & ANS View

Effective Cleat Porosity & Cleat Geometry from Wood's Metal Porosimetry
Pyrak-Nolte, L. J., Haley, G. M. and B. W. Gash1993,  Proceedings of the 1993 International Coalbed Methane Sympoium, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, May 17-21 , pages: 639-647,  View

The Effect of the Critical Path on Fluid Flow through a Fracture,
Pyrak-Nolte, L. J. & C. D. Montemagno1994,  Proceedings of the 1st North American Rock Mechanics Symposium, The University of Texas at Austin, 1-3 June  editors: P. P. Nelson and S. E. Laubach, A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam, , pages: 81-88,  View

Hierarchical Cascades and the Single Fracture
Pyrak-Nolte, L.J., D. D. Nolte and N.G.W. Cook1995,  Fractals in Geology  editors: Plenum Scientific Publishers,  1995 View

Porosity of Fracture Networks,
Montemagno, C. D. and L. J. Pyrak-Nolte1995,  Geophysical Research Letters , volume: 22 issue: (11) , pages: 1397-1401,  View

Volumetric Imaging and Characterization of Natural Fracture Networks
Montemagno, C. and L. J. Pyrak-Nolte1995,  Proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Mechanics of Jointed and Faulted Rock - MJFR-2, Vienna, Austria, 10-14  editors: H.-P. Rossmanith, A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam, , pages: 109-112,  Mechanics of Jointed and Faulted Rock View

Three-dimensional tomographic visualization of natural fracture networks and graph theory analysis of the transport porperties
Pyrak-Nolte, L. J., Montemagno, C. D., Yang, G., Cook, N.G.W. and L. R. Myer1995,  Proceedings of the 8th International Congress on Rock Mechanics, Tokyo, Japan , pages: 855-859,  View

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,  View

Volumetric imaging of aperture distributions in connected fracture networks
Pyrak-Nolte, L. J., Montemagno, C. D. and D. D. Nolte1997,  Geophysical Research Letters , volume: 23 issue: (18) , pages: 2343-2346,  View

Coexisting two-phase flow in correlated two-dimensional percolation,
Nolte, D. D. and L. J. Pyrak-Nolte1997,  Physical Review E , volume: 33 issue: (8) , pages: 785-802,  View

Fracture Network Geometry versus Single Fractures: Measurement of Fracture Network Geometry with X-ray Tomography
Montemagno, C. D. and L. J. Pyrak-Nolte1999,   Physic & Chemistry of the Earth (A , volume: 24 issue: (7) , pages: 575-579,  View

Summary of the AAPG-SPE-SEG Hedberg Research Conference on “Fundamental Controls on Flow in Carbonates”
Agar, S., Geifer, S., Leonide, P., Lamarche, J., Bertotti, G., Gosselin, O., Hampson, G., Jackson, M., Jones, G., Kenter, J., Matthai, S., Neilson, J., Pyrak-Nolte, L. and F. Whitaker,  Geohorizons, AAPG Bulletin, v. 97, No. 4, (April 2013), pp 533-552. 

The role of chemistry in fracture pattern development and opportunities to advance intepretations of geological materials
Laubach, S.E., Lander, R.H., Criscenti, L.J., Anovitz, L.M., Urai, J., Pollyea, R., Hooker, J.N., Narr, W., Evans, M.A.m Kerisit, S.N., Olson, J.E., Dewers, T., Fisher, D., Bodnar, R., Evans, B., Dove, P., Bonnell, L. M., Marder, M. P., and L. J. Pyrak-Nolte, Reviews of Geophysics, 57, (2019) 47 pages,  DOI:10.1029/2019RG000671

Mineral Fabric as a Hidden Variable in Fracture Formation in Layered Media
Jiang, L., Yoon, H., Bobet, A. and L. J. Pyrak-Nolte, Scientific Reports, 10, Article number: 2260 (2020) 

Digital Image, X-ray CT, XRD and Ultrasonic Data Sets for Damage Mechanics Challenge on Brittle-Ductile Material
Jiang, L., Pyrak-Nolte, L., Yoon, H., Bobet, A., Morris, J., Purdue University Research Repository. doi: 10.4231/2E8M-W085, November 18, 2021

Calibration Data Set for Damage Mechanics Challenge on Brittle-Ductile Material
Jiang, L., Yoon, H., Pyrak-Nolte, L. J., Bobet, A., Morris, J. , 
Purdue University Research Repository.  doi: 10.4231/QF39-Q924 , Jan 19, 2022

The Effect of Differential Mineral Shrinkage on Crack Formation and Network Geometry
Trageser, J.E., Mitchell, C.A., Jones, R.E., Matteo, E.N., Rimsza, J.M. & L. J. Pyrak-Nolte, Scoentific Reports, 12:22264, , December 23, 2022. (Supplemental Information)