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See detailNumerical mdeling of hydro-mechanical fracture behaviour
Guiducci, Chiara; Collin, Frédéric ULg; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg et al

Conference (2003)

A numerical approach for modeling coupled Hydro-Mechanical fracture behavior in 2D is presented in this paper. This approach accounts for the strong dependence of the flow characteristics on fracture ... [more ▼]

A numerical approach for modeling coupled Hydro-Mechanical fracture behavior in 2D is presented in this paper. This approach accounts for the strong dependence of the flow characteristics on fracture apertures and offers an anisotropic description of the flow propagation in the fracture. An interface finite element and a constitutive model are developed . In order to validate the applicability of the model to general geomechanic problems, 2D simulations were performed. Results show the good application of the mathematical model and the fundamental hydraulic role played by the fractures. [less ▲]

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See detailHydro-mechanical behavior of fractures: 2D, F.E.M. modeling
Guiducci, Chiara; Pellegrino, Antonio; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg et al

in Auriault, J. L.; Geindreau, C.; Royer, P. (Eds.) Poromechanics II (2002)

A numerical approach for modeling the coupled hydro-mechanical fracture behavior is proposed. The movement of fluids through rock fractures and consequently the evolution of their hydraulic conductivity ... [more ▼]

A numerical approach for modeling the coupled hydro-mechanical fracture behavior is proposed. The movement of fluids through rock fractures and consequently the evolution of their hydraulic conductivity is an important subject in many petroleum related activities, mainly concerning the change of well productivity during the reservoir life. It is well known that the flow in the fractures is strongly controlled by the fracture apertures. Recent investigations on the distribution of the apertures in natural fractures suggest that the cubic law can, better than the Darcy law, predict the fluid flux through rough walled fractures as long as the appropriate average fracture aperture is used. A finite element code is developed to predict the influence that the stresses variation in the fracture has on the distributed hydraulic conductivity field. The proposed model combines the stochastic cubic law with a non-linear deformation function (hyperbolic) that is suggested to describe the stress-closure/opening curves of the joints and that allows to couple together the hydraulic and the mechanic fracture behavior. The relationships used and the validity of the present model are tested by means of the comparison between experimental data and numerical predictions (Bart 2000) in various bound-ary and loading conditions. Comparisons between the proposed new model and a no coupled one have also been performed. They show that the proposed coupled model allows for a more realistic description of the fracture behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical modeling of hydro-mechanical fracture behavior
Guiducci, Chiara; Pellegrino, Antonio; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg et al

in Pande, G. N.; Pietruszczak, S. (Eds.) Numerical models in Geomechanics (2002)

A numerical approach for modeling coupled hydro-mechanical fracture behavior is proposed. The movement of fluids through rock fractures is important in many engineering areas of practical interest such as ... [more ▼]

A numerical approach for modeling coupled hydro-mechanical fracture behavior is proposed. The movement of fluids through rock fractures is important in many engineering areas of practical interest such as those ones of petroleum and mining engineering. In that context, one of the most investigated and complex subjects is the effect on well productivity due to changes in hydraulic conductivity both on the matrix rock and on its main fractures. It is well known, that these flow characteristics are strongly controlled by fracture apertures. Recent investigations on the distribution of the apertures in natural fractures suggest that the cubic law can, better than the Darcy law, predict the fluid flux through rough walled fractures as long as the appropriate average fracture aperture is used. A finite element code is developed to predict the influence that the stresses variation in the soil has on the distributed hydraulic conductivity field. The proposed model combines the stochastic cubic law with a non-linear deformation function (hyperbolic) that is suggested to describe the stress-closure/opening curves of the joints and that allows to couple together the hydraulic and the mechanic fracture behavior. The relationships used and the validity of the present model are tested through comparison between experimental data and numerical predictions (Bart 2000) in various boundary and loading conditions. Comparison between the Darcy model governing fluid flow equation and linear stress-closure/opening relation has also been performed showing the differences and the better de-scription given by the proposed new model. [less ▲]

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