The understanding of coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical behaviour of fault zones or in naturally fractured reservoirs is essential both for fundamental and applied sciences and in particular for the safety assessment of radioactive waste disposal facilities. The overall objective of so-called in-situ experiments is to better understand the physical processes occurring in natural systems but under controlled conditions with extensive monitoring systems. The bilateral DFG/ANR proposal CHENILLE (Coupled beHavior undErstaNdIng of fauLts: from the Laboratory to the field) aims at highlighting the physical processes controlling fault mechanics at different scales. In this frame, a thermally controlled in-situ fluid injection experiment is intended to be performed on a strike-slip fault zone outcropping at the Tournemire/France Underground Research Laboratory (URL). A heating system has been installed around the injection area to enable a precise and controlled incremental increase of the thermal load. Different monitoring systems are designed to measure the seismic and aseismic deformation induced either by thermal and/or by hydraulic loading.
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