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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.

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Monday, October 7, 2013 - 12:15pm
McCullough Building, Room 115 476 Lomita Mall Stanford
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Energy Resources Engineering