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Herb Wang

Herb Wang
(608)  262-5932
Office: A254 Weeks Hall




I am interested in poroelastic behavior of rocks, multiphase fluid flow in rock, and geomechanical modeling.  I am currently pursuing applications of fiber-optic and hydrostatic-level sensors to monitoring deformation and temperature in underground laboratories and mines with experiments in the Sanford Underground Research Laboratory (SURF) in the former Homestake gold mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Fermilab, Conco-Lafarge Mine, and the Earthquake Research Institute of the University of Tokyo.  I am also involved in poroelastic modeling of Brady's Hot Springs, a geothermal field in Nevada.  Professor Dante Fratta of Geological Engineering, Dr. Jim Volk of Fermilab, and Professor Tomochika Tokunaga of the University of Tokyo are collaborators in the underground lab research.  The geothermal research team is led by Professor Nick Davatzes (Temple University) and Professor Kurt Feigl.  

Recent and Selected Publications

N. C. Davatzes, K. L. Feigl, R. J. Mellors, W. Foxall, H. F. Wang, and P. Drakos (2013), Preliminary investigation of reservoir dynamics monitored through combined surface deformation and micro-earthquake activity:  Brady’s Geothermal Field, Nevada, Proceedings Thirty-Eighth Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, February 11-13, 2013, SGP-TR-13, 16 pp.

C.A. Gellasch, H. F. Wang, K. R. Bradbury, J. M. Bahr, and L. L. Lande (2013), Reverse water-level fluctuations associated with fracture connectivity, Ground Water, doi: 10.1111/gwat.12040, in press.

Q. Liu, T. Tokunaga, K. Mogi, H. Matsui, H. F. Wang, T. Kato, and Z. He (2012), Ultra-high resolution, multiplexed Fiber Bragg Grating sensor for crustal strain monitoring, IEEE Photonics Journal, v. 4(3), doi: 10.1109/JPHOT.2012.2201217, 996-1003.

L. C. Murdoch, L. N. Germanovich, H. Wang, T. C. Onstott, D. Elsworth, L. Stetler, D., Boutt (2012), Hydrology of the vicinity of Homestake mine, South Dakota, USA, Hydrogeology J., 20(1), 27-43.

J. Volk, S. Hansen, T. Johnson, H. Jostlein, T. Kiper, V. Shiltsev, A. Chupyra, M. Kondaurov , A. Medvedko, V. Parkhomchuk, S. Singatulin, L. Stetler, J. Van Beek, D. Fratta, J. Roberts, H. Wang (2012), Hydrostatic Level Sensors as High Precision Ground Motion Instrumentation for Tevatron and Other Energy Frontier Accelerators, J. of Instrumentation (JINST) v. 7, doi:10.1088/1748-0221/7/01/P01004, 25pp.

H. F. Wang, J. R. Gage, D. Fratta, M. M. MacLaughlin, and A. Turner (2011). Fiber-Optic Extensometer Array in a Small Alcove at 1.25-km Depth in the Sanford Laboratory at Homestake, Lead, South Dakota. Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring.

J. R. Gage, H. F. Wang, M. MacLaughlin, A. Turner, and D. Fratta (2011). A new method for measuring in situ strain in intact rock masses: Fiber optically instrumented rock strain and temperature strips (FROSTS). 45th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium. San Francisco, CA. June 26-29, 2011, 8 pp.

Noni, M. M. MacLaughlin, H. F. Wang (2011), Validation of fiber-optic strain sensing cable for deep underground installation, in 45th U. S. Rock Mechanics,  San Francisco, CA, June 27-30, 2011, 8 pp.

D. J. Hart and H. F. Wang (2010), Variation of unjacketed pore compressibility using Gassmann’s equation and an overdetermined set of volumetric poroelastic measurements, Geophysics,  75 (1), pp. N9-N18. 

H. F. Wang, J. R. Gage, D. Fratta, M. MacLaughlin, L.C. Murdoch, T. Tokunaga (2010), Deep Underground Instrumentation and Monitoring,  in ISRM International Symposium 2010 and 6th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium - Advances in Rock Engineering 23-27 October, 2010, New Delhi, India Proceedings, ed. by K.G. Sharma, T. Ramamurthy, V. K. Kanglia, and A.C. Gupta, pp. KN46– KN57.

J. R. Gage, N. Noni, A. Turner, M. MacLaughlin, and H. F. Wang (2010), Fiber optic strain and temperature monitoring in crystalline rock at the Sanford Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (SUSEL), Lead, South Dakota, 44th U. S. Rock Mechanics Symposium and 5th U.S- Canada Rock Mechanics Symposium,  Salt Lake City, Utah, June 27-30, 2010.

Noni, M. MacLaughlin, and H. Wang (2009), Methods for attaching fiber optic strain sensors to rock in situ underground, 14th Intermountain Conference on the Environment & 42nd Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering Symposium, Pocatello, Idaho, Nov. 6, 2009, 8 pp.

F. M. Francisca, D. Fratta, and H. F. Wang (2008), Electrowetting on mineral and rock surfaces, Geophys. Res. Letters, 35, L06402, doi:10.1029/2007GL032865, 5 pp.

H. F. Wang, S. C. Blair, S.R. Carlson, S.J. Martel, and T. Tokunaga. (2007), Investigating coupled mechanical-hydrological behavior in a DUSEL,” Proc. of the 1st Canada–U. S. Rock Mechanics Symposium,  Vancouver, Canada, 27-31 May 2007, edited by E. Eberhardt, D Stead, and T. Morrison, pp. 1115-1122, Taylor & Francis, London.

H. F. Wang (2006), Foreword to Special Issue on “Coupled Mechanical and Fluid-pressure Responses and Fluid Flow Processes in Geosphere," J. Geography, 115(3), 253-256 (in English with Japanese translation by T. Tokunaga).

H. F. Wang (2006), Book Review:  Mechanics of Fluid-Saturated Rocks, Geofluids, 6, 1-2.

S. J. Titus, L. G. Medaris, Jr., H. F. Wang, and B. Tikoff (2006), Continuation of the San Andreas fault system into the upper mantle: Evidence from spinel peridotite xenoliths in the Coyote Lake basalt, central California, Tectonophysics, 429, 1-20.

L. G. Medaris, Jr., E. D. Ghent, H. F. Wang, J. H. Fournelle, and E. Jelínek (2006), The Spačice eclogite: constraints on the P-T-t history of the Gföhl granulite terrane, Moldanubian Zone, Bohemian Massif, Contrib. Min. Pet., 86, 203-220.

H. F. Wang, T. E. Strand, and J. G. Berryman (2005), Percolation-continuum model of evaporative drying: homogeneous or patchy saturation?, Dynamics of Fluids in Fractured Rock, edited by B. Faybishenko, P. A. Witherspoon, and J. Gale, Geophysical Monograph Series v. 162, pp. 43-54 American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.,

G. Medaris, H. Wang, E. Jelínek, M. Mihaljevič, and P. Jakeš (2005), Characteristics and origins of diverse Variscan peridotites in the Gföhl Nappe, Bohemian Massif, Czech Republic, Lithos, 82, 1-23.

J. G. Berryman, S. R. Pride, and H. F. Wang (2002), A differential scheme for elastic properties of rocks with dry or saturated cracks, Geophys. J. Int. 151(2), 597-611.

T. Masterlark and H. Wang (2002), Transient stress coupling between the 1992 Landers and 1999 Hector Mine, California earthquakes, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 92, 1470-1486.

T. Masterlark, D. C. DeMets, and H. Wang (2001), Homogeneous vs. heterogeneous subduction zone models: Coseismic and postseismic deformation, Geophys. Res. Letters, 28, 4047-4050.

J. G. Berryman and H. F. Wang (2001), Dispersion in poroelastic systems, Phys. Rev. E, 64 (011303), 1-15.

D. J. Hart and H. F. Wang (2001), A single test method for determination of poroelastic constants and flow parameters in rocks with low hydraulic conductivities, Int. J. Rock Mech. and Mining Sci., 38, 577-583.

N. I. Christensen, L. G. Medaris, Jr., and H. F. Wang (2001), Depth variation of seismic anisotropy and petrology in central European lithosphere: A tectonothermal synthesis from spinel lherzolite, J. Geophys. Res., 106, 645-664.

H. F. Wang (2000), Theory of Linear Poroelasticity with Applications to Geomechanics and Hydrogeology, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 287 pp.

J. G. Berryman and H. F. Wang (2000), Elastic wave propagation and attenuation in a double-porosity dual-permeability medium, Int. J. Rock Mech. and Mining Sci., 37, 67-78.

T. Masterlark and H. Wang (2000), Poroelastic coupling between the 1992 Landers and Big Bear earthquakes, Geophys. Res. Letters, 27, 3647-3650.

D. J. Hart and H. F. Wang (1999), Pore pressure and confining stress dependence of poroelastic linear compressibilities and Skempton's B coefficient for Berea sandstone, Proc. of the 37th U. S. Rock Mechanics Symposium, edited by B. Amadei, R. L. Kranz, G. A. Scott, and P. H. Smeallie, pp. 365-371, A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam.

P. A. Berge, S. C. Blair, and H. F. Wang (1999), Thermomechanical effects on permeability for a 3-D model of YM rock, Proc. of the 37th U. S. Rock Mechanics Symposium, edited by B. Amadei, R. L. Kranz, G. A. Scott, and P. H. Smeallie, pp. 729-734, A. A. Balkema, Rotterdam.

T. L. Masterlark, H. F. Wang, L. S. Chan, and C. Yongtai (1999), Coseismic Fluid-Pressure response estimated from prediction-error filtering of tidal-band loading, Bull. Seis. Soc. America, v. 89, 1439-1446.

L. G. Medaris, H. F. Wang, J. H. Fournelle, J. H. Zimmer, and E. Jelinek (1999), A cautionary tale of spinel peridotite thermobarometry: an example from xenoliths of Kozakov volcano, Czech Republic, Geolines, v. 9, 92-96.

T. Tokunaga, D. J. Hart, and H. F. Wang (1998), Complete set of anisotropic poroelastic moduli for Berea sandstone, in Poromechanics, edited by J.-F. Thimus, Y. Abousleiman, A. H.-D. Cheng, O. Coussy, and E. Detournay, pp. 629--634, Balkema, Rotterdam.

D. J. Hart, and H. F. Wang (1998), Poroelastic effects during a laboratory transient pore pressure test, in Poromechanics, edited by J.-F. Thimus, Y. Abousleiman, A. H.-D. Cheng, O. Coussy, and E. Detournay, pp. 579--582, Balkema, Rotterdam.

K. T. Lewallen, and H. F. Wang (1998), Consolidation of a double-porosity medium, Int. J. Solids and Structures, 35, 4845-4867.

H. F. Wang (1997), Effects of deviatoric stress on undrained pore pressure response to fault slip, J. Geophys. Res., 102, 17,943-17,950.

L. G.Medaris, , J. H. Fournelle, H. F. Wang, and E. Jelinek (1997), Thermobarometry and reconstructed chemical compositions of spinel-pyroxene symplectites: Evidence for pre-existing garnet in lherzolite xenoliths from Czech Neogene lavas, Russian Geology and Geophys., 38, 277--286.

H. F. Wang and J. G. Berryman (1996), On constitutive equation and effective stress principles for deformable, double-porosity media. Water Resources Res 32, 3621-3622.

Berryman, J. G. and H. F. Wang (1995),The elastic coefficients of double-porosity models for fluid transport in jointed rock. J Geophys Res 100, 24,611-24,627.Hart DJ and Wang HF (1995) Laboratory measurements of a complete set of poroelastic moduli for Berea sandstone and Indiana limestone, J Geophys Res 100:17,741-17,751.

H. F. Wang and M. P. Anderson (1982) Introduction to groundwater modeling: Finite difference and finite element methods. Freeman and Co, 237 pp. (reprinted in 1995 by Academic Press).

Source listings of several FORTRAN programs and data files are below by the figure number in the book. In addition, a triangular element equivalent of several programs in Chapters 7 and 8 are provided below with a designation of triangular following the figure number.  Permission is granted to the user displaying this material to copy the material onto a single computer and to make print copies of the material for personal use only. Any other copying, other redistribution, or any commercial use of the material requires the permission of the authors.