Professor Zoback teaches an introductory class titled Sustainability and Collapse with Professor Russell Berman of the Comparative Literature Department. Sustainability and Collapse is part of Stanford’s Thinking Matters curriculum. Sustainability and Collapse explores both scientific and humanistic approaches to questions of environmental sustainability through a study of novels, historical texts, and works of biogeography. Students learn to ask how textual and visual images inform our ideas about what it means to live sustainably and consider whether those ideas are in accordance with or in conflict with scientific understandings of human uses of nature. This class is taught in the Autumn quarter.
Professor Zoback teaches a graduate level class titled Reservoir Geomechanics. The course covers basic principles of rock mechanics and the state of stress and pore pressure in sedimentary basins related to exploitation of hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoirs. Topics include mechanisms of hydrocarbon migration, exploitation of fractured reservoirs, reservoir compaction and subsidence, hydraulic fracturing, and utilization of directional and horizontal drilling to optimize well stability. Offered every other year in the Winter quarter, during alternate years from Tectonophysics.
Professor Zoback teaches a graduate level class titled Tectonophysics with Professor Simon Klemperer of the Geophysics Department. This class investigates the physics of faulting and plate tectonics. Topics include plate driving forces, lithospheric rheology, crustal faulting, and the state of stress in the lithosphere. Exercises ask students to investigate lithospheric temperature and strength profiles, calculate seismic strain from summation of earthquake moment tensors, understand slip on faults in 3D, model stress triggering, and invert of stress from earthquake focal mechanisms. Offered every other year in the Winter quarter, during alternate years from Reservoir Geomechanics.
The Stress and Crustal Mechanics Group offers a weekly seminar in which students and professors present their own research as well as current work by other scientists in the fields of tectonic stress, crustal deformation, reservoir geomechanics, induced and triggered seismicity, and global energy issues. Come join us!
Autumn 2015 Schedule for Stress Seminar (GEOPHYS 385K)
|September 23||12:15 pm–
|Rall Walsh||A treatise on salmon pink shorts|
|September 30||12:15 pm–
|Arjun Kohli, Wei Wu, Fatemeh Rassouli, and Maytham Al-Ismail||
Imaging shale reservoir rocks: Tools and applications
|October 7||12:30 pm– 12:50 pm||Alex Hakso||SEG practice talk: Indication of velocity changes in the Barnett Shale from microseismic multiplets|
|12:50 pm– 1:10 pm||Fatimah Al-Ismail||
Plans for characterization of shale anisotropy
|October 14||12:30 pm– 12:50 pm||Lei Jin||SEG practice talk: Identification of fault-controlled damage zones in microseismic data: An example from the Haynesville Shale|
|12:50 pm– 1:10 pm||Noha Farghal||SEG practice talk: Identification of slowly slipping faults in the Barnett shale utilizing ant-tracking|
|October 21||12:30 pm– 12:50 pm||Fatemeh Rassouli|
|12:50 pm– 1:10 pm||Dr. Vikram Vishal||Significance of fluid phase in geologic carbon storage|
|October 28||12:30 pm– 12:50 pm||Robert Cieplicki||Merging passive and active seismic for geomechanics|
|12:50 pm– 1:10 pm||Gader Alalli||Marcellus microseismic activity update|
|November 4||12:30 pm– 12:50 pm||Kevin McCormack||Leak-off test analysis project overview|
|12:50 pm– 1:10 pm
||Xiaodong Ma||A geomechanical study of the Woodford shale: Stress variations along horizontal wells|
|November 11||12:30 pm– 12:50 pm||Huiying Tang||Numerical Simulation of Hydraulic Fracturing using DDM in Shale Reservoirs|
|November 18||12:30 pm– 12:50 pm||Richard Alt||Earthquakes, inversions, and stress mapping in Oklahoma and Kansas: Reconciling the data|
|12:50 pm– 1:10 pm||Maytham Al-Ismail||Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium in Nanoscale Pores by Molecular Simulation Techniques|
|November 25||Thanksgiving Holiday: No Talks|
|December 2||12:30 pm– 12:50 pm||Shaochuan Xu||Variations of least principal stress due to viscoplasticity and its impact on vertical hydraulic fracture propagation|
|12:50 pm– 1:10 pm||Cornelius Langenbruch|
|December 9||12:30 pm– 12:50 pm||Lei Jin||Hybrid-dimensional finite element modeling of fluid flow, poroelastic stressing and shear reactivation in a porous reservoir embedded with a stochastic DFN|
|12:50 pm– 1:10 pm||Wei Wu|
|December 16||American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting: No Talks|