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Fracture research at the Bureau seeks fundamental understanding of fractures and fracture processes with the aim of improved prediction and diagnosis of fracture attributes in the subsurface. Research is organized around the Fracture Research and Application Consortium (FRAC), an alliance of scientists from the Bureau and the departments of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering and Geological Sciences.

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Current Studies

Predicting Fracture Porosity Evolution in Sandstone, supported by the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Bioscience Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy. [Description]

JSG Structural Diagenesis [Description] [structural diagenesis web site]

Advanced Technology for Predicting the Fluid-Flow Attributes of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs from Quantitative Geologic Data and Modeling [Description]

Fracture Research and Application Consortium - See this site for a complete current list of natural fracture and hydraulic fracture research at the Bureau [Link]

Completed Studies
Combining a New 3-D Seismic S-Wave Propagation Analysis for Remote Fracture Detection with a Robust Subsurface Microfracture-Based Verification Technique [Description]
Integrated Outcrop and Subsurface Studies of the Interwell Environment of Carbonate Reservoirs: Clear Fork (Leonardian Age) Reservoirs, West Texas and New Mexico [Description]
Scaling of Fractures in Carbonate Reservoirs and Relations with
Sequence-Stratigraphic Framework
Geologic Characterization of Fractured Reservoir Block Size Using Microcrack Data [Description]
Using Microstructure Observations to Quantify Fracture Properties
and Improve Reservoir Simulations