Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering

, Volume 49, Issue 10, pp 4179–4207 | Cite as

ISRM Suggested Methods for Determining Thermal Properties of Rocks from Laboratory Tests at Atmospheric Pressure

  • Y. PopovEmail author
  • G. Beardsmore
  • C. Clauser
  • S. Roy
ISRM Suggested Method


Thermal properties—thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, specific heat, volumetric heat capacity, and thermal effusivity—are fundamental physical properties of rocks and rock-forming minerals. They have clear physical meanings, and two of them (thermal conductivity and volumetric heat capacity) are used in Fourier’s heat conduction equation for homogeneous solid:
$$ c\rho \frac{\partial T}{\partial t} - \lambda \left( {\frac{{\partial^{2} T}}{{\partial x^{2} }} + \frac{{\partial^{2} T}}{{\partial y^{2} }} + \frac{{\partial^{2} T}}{{\partial z^{2} }}} \right) = F $$



Authors thank Prof. R. Ulusay for helpful discussions and advice during the manuscript preparation and revisions. Authors express also their thanks to reviewers A. Musson, R. Schellschmidt, Ömer Aydan, to the members of the ISRM Commission on Testing Methods E. Quadros, S. Kramadibrata, J. Muralha, to the ISRM Board members S. Read, D. Stead and M. He for their important scientific and technical recommendations and corrections during reviewing that helped to improve the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Skolkovo Institute of Science and TechnologyMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Schlumberger Moscow Research CenterMoscowRussia
  3. 3.School of Earth SciencesUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  4. 4.E.ON Energy Research CenterRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  5. 5.CSIR-National Geophysical Research InstituteHyderabadIndia
  6. 6.Borehole Geophysics Research LaboratoryESSO-Ministry of Earth SciencesKaradIndia

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