An X-FEM implementation of hydro-fracture growth in naturally fractured saturated porous media

Vahab, M ; Sharif University of Technology

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1061/9780784480779.251
  3. Abstract:
  4. In this paper, a coupled hydro-mechanical formulation is developed for the simulation of interaction between hydraulic fractures and natural discontinuities within saturated porous media. The momentum balance equation of the bulk together with the momentum balance and continuity equations of the fluid phase are employed to obtain the fully coupled set of governing equations. The hydro-fracture is modeled for fluid flow using the Darcy law. The natural discontinuity on the other hand is modeled for both opening and closing modes which induce fluid flow and/or contact behavior along the crack edges. The discontinuity in the displacement field is incorporated by using the Heaviside enrichment functions. The Leak-off is modeled by enhancing the fluid phase with the modified level-set function. Finally, several examples are chosen to illustrate the robustness of the proposed formulation. © ASCE
  5. Keywords:
  6. Fracture ; Hydraulic fracturing ; Porous materials ; Continuity equations ; Coupled hydro mechanicals ; Displacement field ; Enrichment functions ; Governing equations ; Level set functions ; Momentum balance equations ; Saturated porous media ; Flow of fluids
  7. Source: Poromechanics 2017 - Proceedings of the 6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, 9 July 2017 through 13 July 2017 ; 2017 , Pages 2027-2034 ; 9780784480779 (ISBN)
  8. URL: https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/9780784480779.251