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Special Issue to be published in Rock Mechanics & Rock Engineering

Observations of Coupled Processes in Fractured Geological Media at various space and time

Aims and Scopes

The intent of this special issue is to present the state of the art in coupled thermal-hydro-mechanical-chemical (THMC) processes in fractured geological media, specifically focusing on observations ranging from microscale (micron to centimeter) to macroscale (meter to kilometer) and at multiple time scales (from nanoseconds to thousands of years). This includes various studies from laboratories, underground research laboratories, in situ demonstration and field observations. Observations in combination with numerical modeling and validation are also welcome with weight on unveiling key physical processes.

Based on the results of the International Conference on coupled processes in fractured geological media: observation, modeling, and application, which will be held in Wuhan, China on November 12-14 of 2018, the planned topics of the special issue will include but not limited to:

  • Fundamental experiments for coupled THMC processes in fractures or fractured rock in the laboratory
  • Medium scale THMC experiments from underground research laboratories in fractured rock
  • THMC observation using novelexperimental or observational techniques such as CTscanning, acoustic emission, 3D printingor digital image correlation
  • In situ THMC processes observations in civil, mining, and petroleum engineering
  • In situ observations focusing on geological repositories of nuclear waste, CO2 geo-sequestration, geothermal energy or other geo-engineering applications of energy and environmental importance.
  • Induced seismicity in various space and time scales in the context of coupled THMC processes
  • Laboratory or in situ observations of hydraulic/thermal/chemical stimulations for fractured reservoir

Instructions for Authors
Authors should follow Rock Mechanics & Rock Engineering manuscript requirements:

Acceptance Criteria
Submitted papers will be reviewed following the regular RMRE journal guidelines.

Guest Editors
Jonny Rutqvist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Ki-Bok Min, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Victor Vilarrasa, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain

Special Issue Timeline
Submission of manuscripts:  March 1, 2019
Return of reviews: June 1, 2019
Revised manuscripts due:  Aug 1, 2019
Publication:  Dec 1, 2019
*Papers will be available online as soon as they are accepted