This paper describes a fully coupled finite element/finite volume approach for simulating field-scale hydraulically driven fractures in three dimensions, using massively parallel computing platforms. The proposed method is capable of capturing realistic representations of local heterogeneities, layering and natural fracture networks in a reservoir. A detailed description of the numerical implementation is provided, along with numerical studies comparing the model with both analytical solutions and experimental results. The results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method for modeling large-scale problems involving hydraulically driven fractures in three dimensions.
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Apr 2017|
- fracture mechanics
- high-performance computing
- hydraulic fracture