Comparison of Hydraulic and Tracer Tomography for Discrete Fracture Network Inversion
AbstractFractures serve as highly conductive preferential flow paths for fluids in rocks, which are difficult to exactly reconstruct in numerical models. Especially, in low-conductive rocks, fractures are often the only pathways for advection of solutes and heat. The presented study compares the results from hydraulic and tracer tomography applied to invert a theoretical discrete fracture network (DFN) that is based on data from synthetic cross-well testing. For hydraulic tomography, pressure pulses in various injection intervals are induced and the pressure responses in the monitoring intervals of a nearby observation well are recorded. For tracer tomography, a conservative tracer is injected in different well levels and the depth-dependent breakthrough of the tracer is monitored. A recently introduced transdimensional Bayesian inversion procedure is applied for both tomographical methods, which adjusts the fracture positions, orientations, and numbers based on given geometrical fracture statistics. The used Metropolis-Hastings-Green algorithm is refined by the simultaneous estimation of the measurement error’s variance, that is, the measurement noise. Based on the presented application to invert the two-dimensional cross-section between source and the receiver well, the hydraulic tomography reveals itself to be more suitable for reconstructing the original DFN. This is based on a probabilistic representation of the inverted results by means of fracture probabilities. View Full-Text
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Ringel, L.M.; Somogyvári, M.; Jalali, M.; Bayer, P. Comparison of Hydraulic and Tracer Tomography for Discrete Fracture Network Inversion. Geosciences 2019, 9, 274.
Ringel LM, Somogyvári M, Jalali M, Bayer P. Comparison of Hydraulic and Tracer Tomography for Discrete Fracture Network Inversion. Geosciences. 2019; 9(6):274.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ringel, Lisa M.; Somogyvári, Márk; Jalali, Mohammadreza; Bayer, Peter. 2019. "Comparison of Hydraulic and Tracer Tomography for Discrete Fracture Network Inversion." Geosciences 9, no. 6: 274.
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