Numerical rock fracture mechanics

Authored by: M. Fatehi Marji , A. Abdollahipour

Rock Mechanics and Engineering

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138027596
eBook ISBN: 9781315364261
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The analysis of fracture of rock or other materials has been developed since the mid 1940s. Although dealing with and exploiting rock fracturing has been a part of mining engineering for hundreds of years, rock fracture mechanics has been developed into an engineering discipline since the mid 1960s. Rock fracture mechanics mainly deals with a thorough understanding of what will happen to the rock formations in the subsurface when subjected to in situ stresses. In the fracturing process of rock, a number of important parameters are to be considered i.e. fracture toughness, in situ stress, Poisson’s ratio, Young’s modulus, etc. It should be noted that rock formations cannot often be treated as isotropic and homogeneous bodies. For example, in the case of hydrocarbon reservoirs, the porous and fluid filled nature of rock requires poroelastic theory for some problems.

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