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Rock mechanics and fracture flow

Rock mechanics and fracture flow

Rock mechanics and fracture flow

Our focus is on enhanced understanding of flow and transport mechanisms in fractured systems. We currently develop new tomographic inversion procedures for discrete fracture network (DFN) characterization. We also inspected single fracture characteristics in granitic rocks relevant for engineered geothermal systems (EGS).


Ringel, L., Illman, W., Bayer, P. (2024). Recent developments, challenges, and future research directions of tomographic characterization of fractured aquifers. Journal of Hydrology, 130709.

Römhild, L., Ringel, L.M., Liu, Q., Hu, L., Ptak, T., Bayer, P. (2024). Hybrid Discrete Fracture Network Inversion of Hydraulic Tomography Data From a Fractured-Porous Field Site. Water Resources Research, 60, e2023WR036035.

Jiang, Z., Ringel, L.M., Bayer, P. (2023). Fracture network characterization in reservoirs by joint inversion of microseismicity and thermal breakthrough data: Method development and verification. Water Resources Research, 59, e2022WR034339.

Ringel, L.M., Jalali, M., Bayer, P. (2022). Characterization of the highly fractured zone at the Grimsel Test Site based on hydraulic tomography. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 6443–6455.

Ringel, L. M., Jalali, M., Bayer, P. (2021). Stochastic Inversion of Three-Dimensional Discrete Fracture Network Structure With Hydraulic Tomography. Water Resources Research. 57(12).

Ringel, L., Somogyvári, M., Jalali, M., Bayer, P. (2019). Comparison of hydraulic and tracer tomography for discrete fracture network inversion. Geosciences, 9, 274, 16 pp.

Nigon, B., Englert, A., Pascal, C. (2019). Three-dimensional flow characterization in a joint with plumose pattern. Hydrogeology Journal, 2019(1). 

Afshari Moein, M. J., Somogyvari, M., Valley, B., Jalali, M., Loew, S., Bayer, P. (2018). Fracture network characterization using stress-based tomography. Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 123(11), 9324-9340.

Somogyvári, M., Jalali, M., Jiménez, S., Bayer P. (2017). Synthetic fracture network characterization with transdimensional inversion. Water Resources Research, 53(6), 5104-5123.

Vogler, D., Walsh, S.D.C., Bayer, P., Amann, F. (2017). Comparison of surface properties in natural and artificially generated fractures in a crystalline rock. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 50(11), 2891–2909. 

Vogler, D., Amann, F., Bayer, P., Elsworth, D. (2016). Permeability Evolution in Natural Fractures Subject to Cyclic Loading and Gouge Formation. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, 49(9), 3463-3479.

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