Porous Rock Fracture Mechanics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081007815, 9780081007822

Porous Rock Fracture Mechanics

1st Edition

with Application to Hydraulic Fracturing, Drilling and Structural Engineering

Editors: Amir Shojaei Jianfu Shao
eBook ISBN: 9780081007822
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081007815
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 8th May 2017
Page Count: 336
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Porous Rock Failure Mechanics: Hydraulic Fracturing, Drilling and Structural Engineering focuses on the fracture mechanics of porous rocks and modern simulation techniques for progressive quasi-static and dynamic fractures. The topics covered in this volume include a wide range of academic and industrial applications, including petroleum, mining, and civil engineering.

Chapters focus on advanced topics in the field of rock’s fracture mechanics and address theoretical concepts, experimental characterization, numerical simulation techniques, and their applications as appropriate. Each chapter reflects the current state-of-the-art in terms of the modern use of fracture simulation in industrial and academic sectors. Some of the major contributions in this volume include, but are not limited to: anisotropic elasto-plastic deformation mechanisms in fluid saturated porous rocks, dynamics of fluids transport in fractured rocks and simulation techniques, fracture mechanics and simulation techniques in porous rocks, fluid-structure interaction in hydraulic driven fractures, advanced numerical techniques for simulation of progressive fracture, including multiscale modeling, and micromechanical approaches for porous rocks, and quasi-static versus dynamic fractures in porous rocks.

This book will serve as an important resource for petroleum, geomechanics, drilling and structural engineers, R&D managers in industry and academia.

Key Features

  • Includes a strong editorial team and quality experts as chapter authors
  • Presents topics identified for individual chapters are current, relevant, and interesting
  • Focuses on advanced topics, such as fluid coupled fractures, rock’s continuum damage mechanics, and multiscale modeling
  • Provides a ‘one-stop’ advanced-level reference for a graduate course focusing on rock’s mechanics


Geomechanics engineers, Mining engineers, Civil Engineers, Material Scientists, Petroleum engineers, Drilling Engineers, and graduate students in civil engineering courses

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction
1. Application of Rock Failure Simulation in design optimization of the hydraulic fracturing
2. Importance of rock’s failure studies in drilling technology
3. Rock’s fracture in structural engineering

Part II Coupled fluid structural deformation and fracture mechanisms in porous rocks
4. Anisotropic Poroelasticity in Fluid Saturated Porous Media: Effect of confining pressure and elevated temperature
5. Anisotropic poroplasticity in saturated porous media, Effect of confining pressure and elevated temperature
6. Fracture Mechanics in Porous Rocks: Introduction and Basics of Modeling
7. Dynamics of Fluids and Transport in Fractured Rocks
8. Fluid Driven Fracture and coupling between fluid and rock’s fracture governing relations

Part III Progressive fracture
9. Cohesive Zone Models
10. Discrete Elements Approach
11. Enriched finite element method
12. Anisotropic Continuum Damage Mechanics

Part IV Advanced topics and future prospects
13. Multiscale Modeling Approaches and Micromechanics of porous rocks
14. Principles of Dynamic Fracture Simulation Techniques


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About the Editor

Amir Shojaei

Dr. Amir Shojaei is a Technical Consultant and Scientist at DuPont Performance Materials (Wilmington, DE, USA) and has held research scientist and lecturer positions at Halliburton Energy Services (Houston, TX, USA), Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA, USA), University College London (London, UK), and University of Sheffield (Sheffield, UK). He received his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering in May of 2012 from Louisiana State University. He has been working on several research projected, funded by NASA (USA), National Science Foundation (USA), US Air Force (USA), and EPSRC (UK), related to advanced simulation techniques for progressive fracture simulation in rocks, polymer composites, and metals. During his career as a “computational mechanics scientist” at Multiscale Design System LLC (now MultiScale Designer - Altair), he carried out intensive research work for Lockheed Martin and General Motor Industries to study the efficiency of the multiscale predictive techniques for static and fatigue life prediction of advanced composites. His research foci immediately relevant to this volume includes extensive work with rock failure mechanics, rock’s continuum damage mechanics, fracture mechanics, poroelasticity and poroplasticity and – over the last five years – has carried out many researches in field of perforation, hydraulic fracturing and drilling mechanics. He is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed technical articles, 3 book chapters published by Springer and Woodhead publishing, and 3 US patents. He is also serving as a reviewer in many topnotch international journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

DuPont, Wilmington, DE, USA

Jianfu Shao

Prof. Jianfu Shao, obtained his M.Sc. on solid mechanics from the University of Science and Technology of Lille (USTL) in 1984 and his doctoral degree on geomechanics in 1987. He was assistant professor at USTL from 1989 to1994 and got a full time professor position in 1994. He was the head of the research team (THM-C coupling) for 15 years (1995-2010), which composed of 15 permanent researchers and 22 doctoral students, and was director of the LML (UMR8107 CNRS) from 01/2010 to 12/2013, composed of 5 research teams, with 75 permanent scientific staff and more than 80 doctoral students. His research interests include experimental investigation, theoretical and numerical modeling of geomaterials and civil engineering structures taking into account thermal, hydromechanical and chemical coupling. In particular, he is working on multi-scale approaches for the formulation of constitutive models based on non-linear homogenization methods, the development of robust numerical simulations and original experimental techniques for deformation and failure processes in heterogeneous geomaterials and structures. He is the PI of two French National Research Agency (ANR) projects and developing strong scientific collaborations with leading industry partners. He is currently a member of editorial boards for four major international journals in geomechanics, civil and environmental engineering. He has supervised more than 30 doctoral students. He is also conducting a number of international collaborations and actively involved in the organization of several international symposiums. He has co-edited two books and co-authored 17 chapters in books. He is the author and co-author of more than 150 papers in SCI journals and received more than 3000 citations with an H index of 30 (Google Scholar sources).

Affiliations and Expertise

Laboratory of Mechanics of Lille, University of Lille, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France