Multi‐scale simulation of rock compaction through breakage models with microstructure evolution

Buscarnera, Giuseppe; Chen, Yanni; Lizárraga, José; Zhang, Ruiguo

Regional subsidence due to fluid depletion includes the interaction among multiple physical processes. Specifically, rock compaction is governed by coupled hydro-mechanical feedbacks involving fluid flow, effective stress change and pore collapse. Although poroelastic models are often used to explain the delay between depletion and subsidence, recent evidence indicates that inelastic effects could alter the rock microstructure, thus exacerbating coupling effects. Here, a constitutive law built within the framework of Breakage Mechanics is proposed to account for the inherent connection between rock microstructure, hydraulic conductivity, and pore compaction. Furthermore, it is embedded into a 1-D hydromechanical coupled finite element analysis (FEA) to explore the effects of micro-structure rearrangement on the development of reservoir compaction. Numerical examples with the proposed model are compared with simulations under constant hydraulic conductivity to illustrate the model capability to capture the non-linear processes of reservoir compaction induced by fluid depletion.

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Buscarnera, Giuseppe / Chen, Yanni / Lizárraga, José / et al: Multi‐scale simulation of rock compaction through breakage models with microstructure evolution. 2020. Copernicus Publications.

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