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Local stress anomaly in the Bavarian Molasse Basin

Seithel, R.; Steiner, U.; Müller, B.; Hecht, C.; Kohl, T.

Background: The characterization of fault zones in the Bavarian Molasse Basin plays a major role for further geothermal reservoir development. Hence, their identification, geological origin, and hydraulic characterization are discussed extensively.
Methods: Stress indicators and fractures are interpreted from image and caliper logs of three highly deviated wells at the Sauerlach site. We transform the identified stress field into the borehole coordinate system and compare the observed orientation to the modeled stress field which assumes a homogeneous borehole surrounding.
Results: High breakout occurrence, cross-cutting fractures, and a fracture orientation from N-S to NNE-SSW are observed in Sauerlach Th1. In Sauerlach Th2 and Th3, fractures strike primarily ENE-WSW and N-S to NNE-SSW. Drilling-enhanced natural fractures and drilling-induced tensile fractures are observed in all three wells and indicate the orientation of tensile stress at the borehole wall. In Sauerlach Th2 and Th3, stress transformation indicates a S$_{H}$-dir. ~ N 10°E in a strike-slip stress regime. The modeled stress orientations match the observed orientations within the well Sauerlach Th1 if either S$_{H}$-dir. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000046336
DOI: 10.1186/s40517-014-0023-z
Zitationen: 9
Web of Science
Zitationen: 8
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Angewandte Geowissenschaften (AGW)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2015
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2195-9706
KITopen-ID: 1000046336
HGF-Programm 35.14 (POF III, LK 01)
Erschienen in Geothermal Energy
Band 3
Heft 4
Seiten 1-22
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