Air injection tests in two argillaceous rock formations : experimental results and modelling

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  • Xiang Ling Li
  • Enrique Romero
  • Laura González Blanco
  • Xavier Sillen
  • Paul Marschall
  • Cristina Jommi

Institutes & Expert groups

  • UPC - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • NAGRA - National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste
  • TUD - Delft University of Technology

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Air flow through two argillaceous rock formations is investigated on the basis of laboratory work and its modelling to help in the interpretation of the results. Priority in the experimental program has been given to study the volume change response of these initially water saturated materials along relatively fast and controlled volume rate air injections. These high rates intend to give preference to single-phase air flow mechanisms associated with the opening of stress-dependent pathways. Particular attention has been focused on the changes in the pore network to detect opening of fissures after air injection tests using mercury intrusion porosimetry. Selected experimental results have been simulated using a fully coupled hydromechanical finite element code, which incorporates an embedded fracture permeability model to account for the simulation of the gas flow along preferential pathways.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnergy Geotechnics
Subtitle of host publicationChapter 97 - Air injection tests in two argillaceous rock formations: Experimental results and modelling
EditorsFrank Wuttke, Sebastian Bauer, Marcelo Sanchez
PublisherTaylor & Francis (CRC)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-31523-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-03299-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • gas transport, deep clay formations, coupled hydro-mechanical response, microstructure analysis, opening of discontinuities, preferential air flow

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