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GeomInt–Mechanical Integrity of Host Rocks

Editors: Prof. Dr. Olaf Kolditz, Dr. Uwe-Jens Görke, Prof. Dr. Heinz Konietzky, Dr. Jobst Maßmann, Dr. Mathias Nest, Prof. Dr. Holger Steeb, Prof. Dr. Frank Wuttke, Prof. Dr. Thomas Nagel

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

Book Series : Terrestrial Environmental Sciences


About this book

This open access book summarizes the results of the collaborative project “GeomInt: Geomechanical integrity of host and barrier rocks - experiment, modeling and analysis of discontinuities” within the Program: Geo Research for Sustainability (GEO: N) of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The use of geosystems as a source of resources, a storage space, for installing underground municipal or traffic infrastructure has become much more intensive and diverse in recent years. Increasing utilization of the geological environment requires careful analyses of the rock–fluid systems as well as assessments of the feasibility, efficiency and environmental impacts of the technologies under consideration. The establishment of safe, economic and ecological operation of underground geosystems requires a comprehensive understanding of the physical, (geo)chemical and microbiological processes on all relevant time and length scales. This understanding can only be deepened on the basis of intensive laboratory and in-situ experiments in conjunction with reliable studies on the modeling and simulation (numerical experiments) of the corresponding multi-physical/chemical processes. The present work provides a unique handbook for experimentalists, modelers, analysts and even decision makers concerning the characterization of various types of host rocks (salt, clay, crystalline formations) for various geotechnical applications.

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Chapter 1. Introduction to GeomInt
The use of the subsurface as a source of resources, a storage space and for installing underground municipal or traffic infrastructure has become much more intensive and diverse in recent years. In addition to classical anthropogenic interventions such as mining, oil and gas production or tunnel construction, other forms of underground use have come into the focus of economic, political and scientific research, particularly in connection with the transformation of energy systems.
Thomas Nagel, Uwe-Jens Görke, Heinz Konietzky, Jobst Maßmann, Mathias Nest, Holger Steeb, Frank Wuttke, Olaf Kolditz

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Chapter 2. Experimental Platform
In order to investigate the barrier rocks, such as saltstone, claystone and crystalline, response under the coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) processes, a series of laboratory and field tests in the scope of the GeomInt project are carried out.
Amir Shoarian Sattari, Thomas Frühwirt, Jobst Maßmann, Mathias Nest, Dirk Naumann, Daniel Pötschke, Matthias Ruf, Tilo Kneuker, Bernhard Vowinckel, Markus Furche, Gesa Ziefle

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Chapter 3. Numerical Platform
An essential scientific goal of the GeomInt project is the analysis of potentials and limitations of different numerical approaches for the modelling of discontinuities in the rocks under consideration in order to improve the understanding of methods and their synergies with regard to theoretical and numerical fundamentals. As numerical methods, the “Lattice Element Method” (LEM), the non-continuous discontinuum methods “Discrete Element Method” (DEM), the “Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics” (SPH), the “Forces on Fracture Surfaces” (FFS) as well as the continuum approaches “Phase-Field Method” (PFM), “Lower-Interface-Method” (LIE), “Non-Local Deformation” (NLD) and the “Hybrid-Dimensional Finite-Element-Method” (HDF) will be systematically investigated and appropriately extended based on experimental results (Fig. 3.1).
Keita Yoshioka, Mathias Nest, Daniel Pötschke, Amir Shoarian Sattari, Patrick Schmidt, David Krach

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Chapter 4. Model-Experiment-Exercises (MEX)
The basic idea of Model-Experiment-Exercises (MEX) is to link modelling and experimental works from the very beginning i.e. in the conceptual phase. Due to the complexity of each part in the systems analysis, this combination is sometimes lost. Moreover, both models and experiments require highly sophisticated tools and equipment as well as highly specialized professionals, which also necessitate adequate measures and incentives for collaboration. GeomInt is introducing the MEX concept exactly for this purpose. Therefore, the following MEX studies occupy the largest part of the GeomInt book and feed most of the publications with research material.
Berhard Vowinckel, Thomas Frühwirt, Jobst Maßmann, Thomas Nagel, Mathias Nest, Daniel Ptschke, Christopher Rölke, Amir Shoarian Sattari, Patrick Schmidt, Holger Steeb, Keita Yoshioka, Gesa Ziefle, Olaf Kolditz

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Chapter 5. Data Management
Data management includes the development and use of architectures, guidelines, practices and procedures for accurate managing of data during the entire data lifecycle of an institutional unit or a research project. Data are defined as different information units such as numbers, alphabetic characters, and symbols that are particularly formatted and can be processed by computer. The data in the project is provided by various actors which can be GeomInt partners, their legal representatives, employees, and external partners.
Carolin Helbig, Uwe-Jens Görke, Mathias Nest, Daniel Pötschke, Amir Shoarian Sattari, Patrick Schmidt, Bernhard Vowinckel, Keita Yoshioka, Olaf Kolditz

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Chapter 6. Synthesis and Outlook
As a result of the GeomInt research project (Chap. 1) a broad combined experimental and numerical platform for the investigation of discontinuities due to swelling and shrinking processes (WP1, Sect. 2.3), pressure-driven percolation (WP2, Sect. 2.4) and stress redistribution (WP3, Sect. 2.4) for important reservoir and barrier rocks (clay, salt, crystalline) has been developed. Model comparisons for damage and fracture processes driven by different processes provide information on the optimal areas of application of the numerical methods (Sect. 2.5).
Olaf Kolditz, Uwe-Jens Görke, Heinz Konietzky, Jobst Maßmann, Mathias Nest, Holger Steeb, Frank Wuttke, Thomas Nagel

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Chapter 7. Code Descriptions
The FFS method (see Sect. 3.​2.​1) was developed to simulate direct shear tests. To provide a tool for the project work and get things easier done a graphical user interface (GUI) was also created. The GUI simply calls all necessary functions by letting the user either fill form fields or choose input files from the working folder. The rock parameters and the conditions of the direct shear test with the normal stress levels and shear displacements have to be selected. If an experiment is simulated the lab results can be selected as a text file so a visual comparison is possible. The geometry has to be loaded as a point cloud or an artificial surface can be generated. With small modifications the code can do multiple executions using artificial surfaces.
Lars Bilke, Thomas Fischer, Dmitri Naumov, Daniel Pötschke, Karsten Rink, Amir Shoarian Sattari, Patrick Schmidt, Wenqing Wang, Keita Yoshioka
GeomInt–Mechanical Integrity of Host Rocks
Prof. Dr. Olaf Kolditz
Dr. Uwe-Jens Görke
Prof. Dr. Heinz Konietzky
Dr. Jobst Maßmann
Dr. Mathias Nest
Prof. Dr. Holger Steeb
Prof. Dr. Frank Wuttke
Prof. Dr. Thomas Nagel
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