Challenges in Hydraulic Fracture Simulation: Evidence from Observations Spanning Laboratory-Scale Experiments to Tectonic-Scale Dyke Swarms

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 10:15am - 10:40am
Keller 3-180
Andrew Bunger (University of Pittsburgh)
Hydraulic fracture modeling relies on a non-linear, non-local moving boundary problem with multiple nested length scales possesses a harsh numerical stability criterion for explicit time-stepping methods and a demonstrable tendency for algorithmic details to have a first order impact on predictions. Bringing together predictions from a variety of types of hydraulic fracture simulators with data from both the field and laboratory, this talk will highlight some lessons that have been learned over the past decade of research.
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