Energy release rate in hydraulic fracture: Can we neglect an impact of the hydraulically induced shear stress?

Michal Wrobel, Gennady Mishuris, Andrea Piccolroaz

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Abstract

A novel hydraulic fracture (HF) formulation is introduced which accounts for the hydraulically induced shear stress at the crack faces. It utilizes a general form of the elasticity operator alongside a revised fracture propagation condition based on the critical value of the energy release rate. It is shown that the revised formulation describes the underlying physics of HF in a more accurate way and is in agreement with the asymptotic behaviour of the linear elastic fracture mechanics. A number of numerical simulations by means of the universal HF algorithm previously developed in [Wrobel M., Mishuris G. (2015) Hydraulic fracture revisited: Particle velocity based simulation. International Journal of Engineering Science, 94: 23–58] are performed in order to: (i) compare the modified HF formulation with its classic counterpart and (ii) investigate the peculiarities of the former. Computational advantages of the revised HF model are demonstrated. Asymptotic estimations of the main solution elements are provided for the cases of small and large toughness. The modified formulation opens new ways to analyse the physical phenomenon of HF and also improves the reliability and efficiency of its numerical simulations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-51
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Science
Volume111
Early online date25 Nov 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2017

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