Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 44, Issue 17, pp 1610–1612 | Cite as

Experiments on thermal fracture in rocks

  • Yong Chen
  • Xiaodong Wu
  • Fuqing Zhang


The thermally induced fracturing appeared in the boundaries of mineral grains of rocks due to the different thermal expansion of different minerals while heating the rocks. When the microscopic fracturing connected like a network, the macroscopic permeability and the fluid transport properties of the rock changed remarkably. The implication of thermal fracturing to petroleum industry, earthquake process and transport modeling have been discussed.


thermal fracturing permeability fracture system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yong Chen
    • 1
  • Xiaodong Wu
    • 1
  • Fuqing Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of GeophysicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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