Phase-field modeling of a fluid-driven fracture in a poroelastic medium

Andro Mikelic
Université Claude-Bernard (Lyon I)
Departement de mathematiques, Institut Camille Jordan

In this talk we present a phase field model for a fluid-driven fracture in a poroelastic medium. We consider a fully coupled system where the pressure field is determined simultaneously with the displacement and the phase field. The mathematical model consists of a linear elasticity system with fading elastic moduli as the crack grows, which is coupled with an elliptic variational inequality for the phase field variable and with the pressure equation containing the phase field variable in its coefficients. The convex constraint of the variational inequality assures the irreversibility and entropy compatibility of the crack formation. The phase field variational inequality contains quadratic pressure and strain terms, with coefficients depending on the phase field unknown. We establish existence of a solution to the incremental problem through
convergence of a finite dimensional approximation. Furthermore, we construct the corresponding Lyapunov functional that is linked to the free energy. Computational results are provided that demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach in treating fluid-driven fracture propagation.

Keywords: Hydraulic fracturing, Phase field formulation, Nonlinear elliptic-parabolic system, Computer simulations, Poroelasticity


[1] A. Mikelic, M. F. Wheeler, T. Wick: Phase-field modeling of a fluid- driven fracture in a poroelastic medium, Computational Geosciences, Vol. 19(2015), no. 6, 1171-1195.

[2] A. Mikelic, M. F. Wheeler, T. Wick: A quasistatic phase field approach to fluid filled fractures, Nonlinearity, 28 (2015), 1371-1399.

[3] A. Mikelic, M. F. Wheeler, T. Wick: A Phase-Field Method For Propagating Fluid-Filled Fractures Coupled To A Surrounding Porous Medium, SIAM Multiscale Model. Simul., Vol. 13 (2015), no. 1, 367–398.

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