Short review of some methods for groundwater flow assessment in fractured rock masses

  • Paola Gattinoni | paola.gattinoni@polimi.it Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
  • Laura Scesi Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Abstract

Water flow in fractured rock masses is a key issue in many typical environmental and engineering problems. Still, aquifers in fractured rocks are devoted much less attention than those in porous media, as they are considered less important from the point of view of water research, but also because rock masses are a very complex medium (heterogeneous, anisotropic and discontinuous), and therefore its modelling is a quite hard task. This paper proposes a review on recent researches concerning groundwater flow in fractured rock masses. In particular, the main issues involved in the reconstruction of the hydrogeological conceptual model are addressed, mainly for fissured and partly for karsts rocks, and the following choice of the most suitable modeling approach is critically discussed, through applicative examples.

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2018-09-25
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fractured rocks, groundwater flow, hydrogeological conceptual model, hydraulic properties, numerical modelling
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Gattinoni, P., & Scesi, L. (2018). Short review of some methods for groundwater flow assessment in fractured rock masses. Acque Sotterranee - Italian Journal of Groundwater, 7(3), 7-17. https://doi.org/10.7343/as-2018-342