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Computation 2015, 3(4), 541-557; doi:10.3390/computation3040541

Numerical Simulation of Fluid-Solid Coupling in Fractured Porous Media with Discrete Fracture Model and Extended Finite Element Method

School of Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580, China
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Academic Editors: Qinjun Kang and Li Chen
Received: 25 August 2015 / Revised: 16 October 2015 / Accepted: 27 October 2015 / Published: 30 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Modeling Flow and Transport in Porous Media)
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Abstract

Fluid-solid coupling is ubiquitous in the process of fluid flow underground and has a significant influence on the development of oil and gas reservoirs. To investigate these phenomena, the coupled mathematical model of solid deformation and fluid flow in fractured porous media is established. In this study, the discrete fracture model (DFM) is applied to capture fluid flow in the fractured porous media, which represents fractures explicitly and avoids calculating shape factor for cross flow. In addition, the extended finite element method (XFEM) is applied to capture solid deformation due to the discontinuity caused by fractures. More importantly, this model captures the change of fractures aperture during the simulation, and then adjusts fluid flow in the fractures. The final linear equation set is derived and solved for a 2D plane strain problem. Results show that the combination of discrete fracture model and extended finite element method is suited for simulating coupled deformation and fluid flow in fractured porous media. View Full-Text
Keywords: fluid-solid coupling; porous elasticity; fractured porous media; discrete fracture model; extended finite element method fluid-solid coupling; porous elasticity; fractured porous media; discrete fracture model; extended finite element method
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Zeng, Q.; Yao, J. Numerical Simulation of Fluid-Solid Coupling in Fractured Porous Media with Discrete Fracture Model and Extended Finite Element Method. Computation 2015, 3, 541-557.

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