Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128162156

Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics

1st Edition

Authors: Jishan Liu Derek Elsworth
Paperback ISBN: 9780128162156
Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
Published Date: 1st November 2022
Page Count: 430
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Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics discusses a variety of approaches on how to develop geomechanical models and predict hydrocarbon extraction for unconventional reservoirs. Starting with a full explanation of a more unified theoretical framework that discusses permeability characterization, the authors then offer a full range of new modelling solutions that are followed by a series of lab and field-scale applications. Going a step further, other applications, such as CO2 sequestration in coal seam or shale gas reservoirs, are explained to illustrate how unconventional reservoir geomechanics can be extended to solve related and more complex challenges.

Combining both theoretical and practical models backed by data, this book gives reservoir engineers a smarter and more sophisticated tool to approach today’s more complex geomechanical modeling challenges.

Key Features

  • Provides a foundation of solutions for the extraction of unconventional resources and other related areas
  • Introduces a completely new theoretical framework of coupled multi-spatial and multi-temporal multi-physics in rocks with significant contracts of physical properties among components
  • Focuses on an understanding and inclusion of four characteristics of unconventional rocks, with applications to shale gas, coal seam and CO2 sequestration


Petroleum engineers; Reservoir engineers; O&G researchers associated with unconventional gas; Graduate petroleum engineering students

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Single Poroelasticity for Unconventional Gas Flow
3. Dual Poroelasticity for Unconventional Gas Flow
4. Unconventional Characteristics of Coal Permeability Data
5. Unconventional Characteristics of Shale Permeability Data
6. Theory of Unconventional Geomechanics
7. Numerical Solutions for Unconventional Geomechanics
8. Applications to Coal Seam Gas Reservoirs
9. Applications to Shale Gas Reservoirs
10. Other Applications


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About the Author

Jishan Liu

Jishan Liu is a professor in the School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering at the University of Western Australia. His primary interest is in the area of unconventional geomechanics with applications to coal seam gas, shale gas, and tight gas extractions, CO2 sequestration in coal seams, caprock sealing capcity, and coal mine safety. His specialties are modelling and experimentation of coupled processes in these areas of applications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, University of Western Australia, Australia

Derek Elsworth

Derek Elsworth is a professor of Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering in the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State. His interests are in the areas of computational mechanics, rock mechanics, and in the mechanical and transport characteristics of fractured rocks, with application to geothermal energy, the deep geological sequestration of radioactive wastes and of CO2, unconventional hydrocarbons including coal-gas, tight-gas shales and hydrates, and instability and eruption dynamics of volcanoes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering, Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, Penn State University, USA

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