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Geomechanical modelling and anisotropy at the reservoir scale

Objective



The research proposed is aimed at understanding and predicting the geomechanical behaviour of reservoirs.
One part of the project will study these properties at the core scale in laboratory experiments with particular reference to fractures and natural discontinuities. The deformation and fracturing behaviour revealed in these tests will be compared with that simulated with existing (DIANA) 3D geomechanical modelling software.
The second part of the project will study fracturing behaviour at the reservoir scale by upscaling the laboratory determined rock mechanical properties to provide input data for DIANA and comparing the model performance with deformation (geodetic, burial graphs), gravity and microseismic measurements reported for reservoirs. The new modelling capability will be a significant new tool for researching and constraining the flow of fluids through reservoirs. At the same time a spin off understanding geomechanical behaviour is expected in forward and inverse (palinspastic reconstruction) geological modelling and predicting effects on mining of minerals, groundwater and hydrocarbons and storage of C02 and gas.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Address
97,Schoenmakerstraat
2600 JA Delft
Netherlands

Participants (9)

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
France
Address
4-5 Place Eugène Bataillon
34095 Montpellier
HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
Institut Français du Pétrole
France
Address
1-4 Avenue Du Bois Préau
92506 Rueil-malmaison
NERC British Geological Survey
United Kingdom
Address
Nicker Hill
NG12 5GG Keyworth
Technische Universiteit Delft
Netherlands
Address
120,Mijnbouwstraat 120
2600 GA Delft
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Gower Street 5
WC1E 6HA London
Universidad de Zaragoza
Spain
Address

50009 Zaragoza
University College Dublin
Ireland
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Université de Rennes I
France
Address
Avenue Du Général Leclerc
35042 Rennes