Discrete Fracture Network Modeling


Our DFN software is a modular computational suite to deal with three-dimensional discrete fracture networks (DFN) models. We cover DFN generation, simulation and analysis of connectivity, flow, mechanical and transport properties.


DFN Generation

Generate Discrete Frature Network with statistical or genetic rules


Provide a full range of analysis from mass density to lacunarity

Fracture mechanics

Linear elastic properties in and out of fractures

Particle Tracking

Advective transport of particles


Steady-state and transient flow


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Read the documentation


Le Goc, R., Pinier, B., Darcel, C., Lavoine, E., Doolaeghe, D., de Simone, S., . . Davy, P (2019, 9-13 December 2019). DFN.lab: Software platform for Discrete Fracture Network models. Paper presented at the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA.


Learn how to use DFN.Lab with these step by step tutorials

Python and DFN.Lab

Create domain

Tunnels & wells

Create deterministic fractures and DFNs

Input and output DFN files

Stochastic DFN generation

Genetic DFN generation

Hydraulic boundary conditions

Meshing DFNs

Solving flow (steady state)

Solving flow with graphs

Particle tracking


Discover the members of the DFN.Lab team

Hélène Feliciano

CNRS Engineer

Caroline Darcel

ITASCA Project Manager

Philippe Davy

CNRS Research Director

Silvia De Simone 

CNRS PostDoc Researcher

Diane Doolaeghe

ITASCA PhD Student

Etienne Lavoine

ITASCA Research Engineer

Romain Le Goc

ITASCA Research Engineer

Benoit Pinier

ITASCA Research Engineer