ERE Autumn Seminar Series - Blaise Bourdin
Blaise Bourdin | Louisiana State University
"Variational Approach to Fracture and Reservoir Stimulation"
In this talk, I will present recent work on a variational approach to brittle fracture mechanics applied to reservoir stimulation. I will present the model, highlight its connection with Griffith's classical theory, and describe a numerical approach based on a non-local representation of the fractures by a smooth ``phase field''.
I will showcase verification simulations based on a simple hydraulic stimulation problem, and validation of the approach in the context of thermal fracture.