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Permeability evolution in fine-grained Aji granite during triaxial compression experiments
  • Kazumasa Sueyoshi,
  • Ikuo Katayama,
  • Kazuki Sawayama
Kazumasa Sueyoshi
Kyoto University, Kyoto University

Corresponding Author:sueyoshi.kazumasa.3k@kyoto-u.ac.jp

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Ikuo Katayama
Hiroshima University, Hiroshima University
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Kazuki Sawayama
Kyoto University, Kyoto University
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Triaxial compression experiments were carried out on samples of fine-grained Aji granite to measure the evolution of permeability during deformation prior to failure under confining pressures of 20 and 40 MPa. During the initial stages of deformation, a small decrease in permeability was observed, due to the closure of pre-existing microcracks; permeability then increased with increasing differential stress. During deformation, permeability varied by up to two orders of magnitude, and we observed a small pressure dependence, with a larger variation observed at 20 MPa than at 40 MPa. This suggests that more cracks developed during brittle deformation under the lower confining pressure. The observed increase in permeability during our experiments was approximately proportional to inelastic volumetric strain, which corresponded to the volume of dilatant cracks. On the other hand, prior to brittle failure we observed a further increase in permeability that was greater than the inelastic volumetric strain, suggesting crack aperture opening accelerated at this stress level (>~80%).