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Preliminary assessment of the highest potential transmissivity of fractures in fault zones by core logging

Ishii, Eiichi  

Based on previous hydromechanical studies on fault zones, fault zones without development of tensile/hybrid damage-zone fractures have unlikely experienced faulting in highly brittle manner, and the highest potential transmissivity of fractures in such fault zones is assumed to be likely relatively low (transmissivity (T) $$leq$$ 10$$^{-8}$$m$$^{2}$$/s). To verify this assumption, this study investigated the relationship between the failure mode (tensile/hybrid/shear) of damage-zone fractures and the highest transmissivity of fractures in fault zones, using results from core logging and flowing-fluids electric conductivity logging in boreholes penetrating a Neogene siliceous mudstone of the Horonobe area, northern Hokkaido, Japan. In 96% (35/36) of fault zones where tensile/hybrid damage-zone fracture is not observed, the transmissivities of flow anomalies detected within the fault zones by FFEC logging are within a range of $$geq$$ 10$$^{-8}$$m$$^{2}$$/s. This result supports the above-mentioned assumption.

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