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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 27
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND OBJECT ORIENTED APPROACHES TO STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping and M. Papadrakakis
Paper III.5

An Object-Oriented System for the Three-Dimensional Simulation of Hydraulic Fracturing Processes in Rock

J.L.A. de Oliveira e Sousa* and A.R. Ingraffea#

*Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil
#Cornell University, United States of America

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
J.L.A. de Oliveira e Sousa, A.R. Ingraffea, "An Object-Oriented System for the Three-Dimensional Simulation of Hydraulic Fracturing Processes in Rock", in B.H.V. Topping, M. Papadrakakis, (Editors), "Artificial Intelligence and Object Oriented Approaches to Structural Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 139-145, 1994. doi:10.4203/ccp.27.3.5
Abstract
This paper describes an object oriented system for dimensional simulation of hydraulic fracturing processes in rock. The system is inserted in a computational environment for three-dimensional structural modeling of solids containing arbitrary fractures. The linear elastic structural behavior of the rock is coupled to the flow of a Newtonian or a power-law fluid between the fracture walls. Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics governs fracture stability and geometry evolution. The system has been validated against published solutions, and used in the simulation of non-planar hydraulic fracture propagation in the near-wellbore region of perforated, arbitrarily oriented wellbores.

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