Transport in Porous Media

, Volume 79, Issue 3, pp 335–358 | Cite as

Micromechanics Contribution to Coupled Transport and Mechanical Properties of Fractured Geomaterials

  • E. LemarchandEmail author
  • C. A. Davy
  • L. Dormieux
  • W. Chen
  • F. Skoczylas


This article is devoted to the modelling of interdependent mechanical and hydraulic behaviours of geomaterials in presence of a single through-wall fracture by means of micromechanics arguments. Experimental results of fractured concrete samples show non-linear evolutions for both mechanical and hydraulic behaviours with respect to confinement intensity. These non-linear responses are interpreted by the progressive closure of crack-like pores defining the pore volume of the fracture interfacial domain. Disregarding tortuosity effects, we adopt a 2D representation for these cracks. The key role of the fracture initial porosity is also emphasized. It allows to discuss the shape of the distribution of the local apertures distribution function classically used, intercepted here in terms of the distribution of initial crack–aspect ratio within the fracture domain. Application on fractured concrete samples shows the capability of the theoretical model to accurately reproduce the experimental results.


Fractures Micromechanics Local cubic law Permeability Roughness Couplings 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Lemarchand
    • 1
    Email author
  • C. A. Davy
    • 2
  • L. Dormieux
    • 1
  • W. Chen
    • 2
  • F. Skoczylas
    • 2
  1. 1.Université Paris Est, Laboratoire NavierUMR CNRS LCPC, Ecole des Ponts ParisTechMarne la Vallee Cedex 2France
  2. 2.LML, CNRS UMR 8107, Ecole Centrale de LilleVilleneuve d’Ascq CedexFrance

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