Flow Channeling in Fracture Networks: Characterizing the Effect of Density on Preferential Flow Path Formation

Abstract Flow channelization is a commonly observed phenomenon in fractured subsurface media where the flow of fluids is restricted primarily to highly transmissive fracture networks surrounded by a low‐permeability rock matrix. The multiscale structural heterogeneity of these networks results in multiscale flow channelization where preferential flow paths form at length scales ranging from the entire […]