E3S Web Conf.
Volume 205, 20202nd International Conference on Energy Geotechnics (ICEGT 2020)
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Hydraulic Fracturing and Unconventional Hydrocarbons|
|Published online||18 November 2020|
Phase-field modeling of geologic fracture incorporating pressure-dependence and frictional contact
Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Geologic fractures such as joints and faults are central to many problems in energy geotechnics. Notable examples include hydraulic fracturing, injection-induced earthquakes, and geologic carbon storage. Nevertheless, our current capabilities for simulating the development and evolution of geologic fractures in these problems are still insufficient in terms of efficiency and accuracy. Recently, phase-field modeling has emerged as an efficient numerical method for fracture simulation which does not require any algorithm for tracking the geometry of fracture. However, existing phase-field models of fracture neglected two distinct characteristics of geologic fractures, namely, the pressure-dependence and frictional contact. To overcome these limitations, new phase-field models have been developed and described in this paper. The new phase-field models are demonstrably capable of simulating pressure-dependent, frictional fractures propagating in arbitrary directions, which is a notoriously challenging task.
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