Technical Report NTB 87-41

3-D MIGRATION EXPERIMENT-Report 4:Fracture Network Modelling of the Stripa 3-D Site

This report is one of the four reports describing the Stripa 3D experiment where water and tracer flow has been monitored in a specially excavated drift in the Stripa mine. The experiment was performed in a specially excavated drift at the 360 m level in granite. The whole ceiling and upper part of the walls were covered with more than 350 individual plastic sheets where the water flow into the drift could be collected. 11 different tracers were injected at distances between 11 and 50 m from the ceiling of the drift. The flowrate and tracer monitoring was kept up for more than two years. The tracer breakthrough curves and flowrate distributions were used to study the flow paths, velocities, hydraulic conductivities, dispersivities and channeling effects in the rock.

The present report describes how fracture statistics and a fracture network model have been used to interpret the flow pattern in the 3D-drift.