Numerical Modeling of Hydraulic Fracturing: A Beginners Guide

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 11:30am - 12:20pm
Keller 3-180
Anthony Peirce (University of British Columbia)
In this talk I will describe the basic building blocks required to construct an effective numerical model to simulate propagating hydraulic fractures. I will discuss some of the unique the challenges faced when attempting to model propagating hydraulic fractures and some of the techniques that can be used to resolve these problems. I will demonstrate the efficacy of the models by comparison with analytic solutions and laboratory experiments. I will also discuss the challenges involved with extending the algorithms to enable the modeling of multiple simultaneously propagating hydraulic fractures.
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