A unified variational eigen-erosion framework for interacting brittle fractures and compaction bands in fluid-infiltrating porous media

Wang, Kun; Sun, WaiChing

The onset and propagation of the cracks and compaction bands, and the interactions between them in the host matrix, are important for numerous engineering applications, such as hydraulic fracture and CO2 storage. While crack may become flow conduit that leads to leakage, formation of compaction band often accompanies significant porosity reduction that prevents fluid to flow through. The objective of this paper is to present a new unified framework that predicts both the onset, propagation and interactions among cracks and compaction bands via an eigen-deformation approach. By extending the generalized Griffith’s theory, we formulate a unified nonlocal scheme that is capable to predict the fluid-driven fracture and compression-driven anti-crack growth while incorporating the cubic law to replicate the induced anisotropic permeability changes triggered by crack and anti-crack growth. A set of numerical experiments are used to demonstrate the robustness and efficiency of the proposed model.


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Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering

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February 12, 2017