RESEARCH PAPERS: Rock Mechanics/Drilling Mechanics

A Review of Hydraulic Fracture Modeling—II: 3D Modeling and Vertical Growth in Layered Rock

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D. A. Mendelsohn

Department of Engineering Mechanics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210

J. Energy Resour. Technol 106(4), 543-553 (Dec 01, 1984) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3231121 History: Received September 27, 1983; Revised March 30, 1984; Online October 22, 2009


This is Part II of a two-part paper which reviews in depth the modeling of the propagation of large hydraulic fractures in underground rock formations. Based on experimental observations reviewed in Part I the need for models of the growth of general-shaped planar hydraulic fractures has been demonstrated. Part II contains reviews of both coupled fluid/solid three-dimensional fracture models and some more basic two and three-dimensional problems in linear elastic fracture mechanics applicable to the growth of fractures in the vicinity of in-situ discontinuities (interfaces) in rock-type and/or tectonic stress. The latter is referred to as the vertical growth problem since hydraulic fractures are quite often oriented vertically with respect to horizontal layering or stratification. The state of current research in both overall modeling and basic vertical growth studies is assessed and recommendations for future research are made.

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