Detailed Characterization of a Fractured Limestone Formation by Use of Stochastic Inverse Approaches Academic Article uri icon


  • Discusses two inverse approaches to construction of fracture-flow models and their application in characterizing a fractured limestone formation. The first approach creates "equivalent discontinuum' models that conceptualize the fracture system as a partially filled lattice of conductors that are locally connected or disconnected to reproduce the observed hydrologic behavior. An alternative approach "variable aperture lattice' models, represent the fracture system as a fully filled network composed of conductors of varying apertures or hydraulic conductivities. The fracture apertures are sampled from a specified distribution, usually log-normal, which is consistent with field data. -from Authors

author list (cited authors)

  • Datta-Gupta, A., Vasco, D. W., & Long, J.

citation count

  • 19

publication date

  • September 1995