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Introduction

Pierre M. Adler, Jean-François Thovert and Valeri V. Mourzenko

in Fractured Porous Media

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199666515
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748639 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666515.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter details the point of view adopted by this book which is based on a course. For pedagogical purposes, the bulk of this book deals with the isotropically oriented and uniformly distributed networks of fractures; in addition, the fractures are supposed to be of the same size. The corresponding developments are accessible with a relatively low mathematical level. But, most real fracture networks are obviously different! Therefore, most chapters end with a section called ‘Extensions’ which is devoted to more complex and more recent developments and which can be skipped by the beginner. Short exercises propose systematic applications of the major concepts and results right after their introduction. Some general terminology about fractures, fracture networks and fractured porous media is presented. The basic concept of permeability is defined in simple terms. Finally, the scientific topics which are addressed in the successive chapters, are detailed.

Keywords: fractures; fracture networks; fractured porous media; course; exercises; pedagogy

Chapter.  3596 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Condensed Matter Physics

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