Hydraulic Fracturing At Sedimentary Basin Scale

Abstract : One key point for simulating the hydraulic fracturing at basin scale, is to be able to compute the stress tensor. This is generally not addressed in basin model because of the complexity of this problem. In order to get access to the stress tensor we have to assume that:- one of the principal stress is vertical and equals the overburden weight;- the horizontal stress is deduced from the vertical stress with the K0 coefficient that is a function of depth and of the tectonical setting. Consolidation is considered here as the combined effect of the mechanical compaction and the chemical compaction. The mechanical compaction is mainly caused by the rearrangement of grains during burial and could be represented at the macroscopical scale by an elastoplastic rheology. The chemical compaction is considered here as resulting from dissolution-precipitation mechanisms, generally induced by stress (pressure-solution). The chemical compaction could be represented at the macroscopical scale by a viscoplastic rheology. The complete elastoplastic yield is defined by the union of the consolidation elastoplastic yield and of the different failure criteria that could be seen as elastobrittle yields. Thus, the elastoplastic yield is composed of six elementary elastoplastic yields which define the onset of vertical compaction, horizontal compaction, vertical tensile fracturing, horizontal tensile fracturing, subvertical shear fracturing, and subhorizontal shear fracturing. Due to the consolidation, most of the parameters that describe the physical properties of the sediments evolve with the geological times. One difficulty is to quantify the degree of evolution of the porous medium during its geological history. Here, we have chosen to measure the evolution of the sediments by their porosity. The local simulations showed that fracturing may occur is numerous configurations. Some of these configurations indicate that the sediments can reach the limit of its elastic domain and then may initiate some fracturing. In other cases, the sediment changes its loading path but stay at the elastoplastic yield surface. In this case the theoretical considerations are not valid anymore and fracture criteria should be defined in the plastic domain.
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F. Schneider, M. Bouteca, J. P. Sarda. Hydraulic Fracturing At Sedimentary Basin Scale. Oil & Gas Science and Technology - Revue d'IFP Energies nouvelles, Institut Français du Pétrole, 1999, 54 (6), pp.797-806. ⟨10.2516/ogst:1999067⟩. ⟨hal-02075852⟩

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