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Title: Pressure and fluid-driven fracture propagation in porous media using an adaptive finite element phase field model

Abstract

This work presents phase field fracture modeling in heterogeneous porous media. We develop robust and efficient numerical algorithms for pressure-driven and fluid-driven settings in which the focus relies on mesh adaptivity in order to save computational cost for large-scale 3D applications. In the fluid-driven framework, we solve for three unknowns pressure, displacements and phase field that are treated with a fixed-stress iteration in which the pressure and the displacement–phase-field system are decoupled. The latter subsystem is solved with a combined Newton approach employing a primal–dual active set method in order to account for crack irreversibility. Numerical examples for pressurized fractures and fluid filled fracture propagation in heterogeneous porous media demonstrate our developments. Finally in particular, mesh refinement allows us to perform systematic studies with respect to the spatial discretization parameter.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [1]; ORCiD logo [2]
  1. Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States)
  2. Austrian Academy of Sciences, Linz (Austria); Technische Univ. München, Garching bei München (Germany)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) (United States). Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security (CFSES)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
OSTI Identifier:
1387952
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1358958
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0001114; UTA 10-000444; STNO-450291834
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 305; Journal Issue: C; Related Information: CFSES partners with University of Texas at Austin (lead); Sandia National Laboratory; Journal ID: ISSN 0045-7825
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; nuclear (including radiation effects); carbon sequestration; phase field; fluid filled fracture; adaptive finite elements; porous media; primal-dual active set

Citation Formats

Lee, Sanghyun, Wheeler, Mary F., and Wick, Thomas. Pressure and fluid-driven fracture propagation in porous media using an adaptive finite element phase field model. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1016/j.cma.2016.02.037.
Lee, Sanghyun, Wheeler, Mary F., & Wick, Thomas. Pressure and fluid-driven fracture propagation in porous media using an adaptive finite element phase field model. United States. doi:10.1016/j.cma.2016.02.037.
Lee, Sanghyun, Wheeler, Mary F., and Wick, Thomas. Wed . "Pressure and fluid-driven fracture propagation in porous media using an adaptive finite element phase field model". United States. doi:10.1016/j.cma.2016.02.037. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1387952.
@article{osti_1387952,
title = {Pressure and fluid-driven fracture propagation in porous media using an adaptive finite element phase field model},
author = {Lee, Sanghyun and Wheeler, Mary F. and Wick, Thomas},
abstractNote = {This work presents phase field fracture modeling in heterogeneous porous media. We develop robust and efficient numerical algorithms for pressure-driven and fluid-driven settings in which the focus relies on mesh adaptivity in order to save computational cost for large-scale 3D applications. In the fluid-driven framework, we solve for three unknowns pressure, displacements and phase field that are treated with a fixed-stress iteration in which the pressure and the displacement–phase-field system are decoupled. The latter subsystem is solved with a combined Newton approach employing a primal–dual active set method in order to account for crack irreversibility. Numerical examples for pressurized fractures and fluid filled fracture propagation in heterogeneous porous media demonstrate our developments. Finally in particular, mesh refinement allows us to perform systematic studies with respect to the spatial discretization parameter.},
doi = {10.1016/j.cma.2016.02.037},
journal = {Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering},
issn = {0045-7825},
number = C,
volume = 305,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {6}
}

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