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A high-fidelity isogeometric simulation methodology for fracture in porous media

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 2˙329˙520 €
 EC max contribution 2˙329˙520 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2020-12-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD UK (SHEFFIELD) coordinator 2˙329˙520.00


 Project objective

Fracture in heterogeneous, (partially) fluid-saturated porous media is a multi-scale problem with moving internal boundaries, characterised by a high degree of complexity and uncertainty. Nevertheless, in spite of an abundance of research on fracture in solid materials, there is relatively little work on fluid-saturated porous materials. Herein, a robust, flexible simulation technology will be developed for existing faults and propagating fractures in such media. The project consists of three pillars, each of which will have a scientific impact in its own right, complemented by a horizontal, application-oriented theme, which links the pillars, creates synergy and added value, and applies and elaborates the technology for hydraulic fracturing and for fault dynamics during earthquakes. In pillar 1 a mesoscopic, multi-phase model will be developed for fluid transport in cracks which are embedded in a fluid-saturated porous medium. The development of an adaptive spline technology in pillar 2 will enable to capture crack propagation and branching in arbitrary directions on arbitrary discretisations. The reliability method of pillar 3 will make it possible to make a quantitative assessment of the probability that, in a layered, heterogeneous medium, a crack propagates in a certain direction. Its successful completion will pave the way for a wider acceptance and use of reliability methods in fracture analyses, well beyond the primary application area of porous media. The linking theme will showcase some direct applications, in hydraulic fracturing and in earthquake analysis, but has a much wider range of applicability, e.g. for the safety analysis of COâ‚‚ or nuclear waste storage in sub-surface formations, or fracture in fluid-saturated human tissues. Thus, the project will result in a robust simulation tool for fracture propagation in fluid-saturated porous media with unprecedented predictive capabilities for societal issues in energy, health, environment, and safety.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 René Borst, Thibault Duretz
On viscoplastic regularisation of strain‐softening rocks and soils
published pages: 890-903, ISSN: 0363-9061, DOI: 10.1002/nag.3046
International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics 44/6 2020-04-24
2020 Thibault Duretz, René de Borst, Philippe Yamato, Laetitia Le Pourhiet
Toward Robust and Predictive Geodynamic Modeling: The Way Forward in Frictional Plasticity
published pages: , ISSN: 0094-8276, DOI: 10.1029/2019gl086027
Geophysical Research Letters 47/5 2020-04-24
2019 Thibault Duretz, René Borst, Laetitia Le Pourhiet
Finite Thickness of Shear Bands in Frictional Viscoplasticity and Implications for Lithosphere Dynamics
published pages: 5598-5616, ISSN: 1525-2027, DOI: 10.1029/2019gc008531
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 20/11 2020-01-29
2019 Lin Chen, Bin Li, René Borst
Energy conservation during remeshing in the analysis of dynamic fracture
published pages: 433-446, ISSN: 0029-5981, DOI: 10.1002/nme.6142
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 120/4 2019-12-16
2019 Sepideh Alizadeh Sabet, René de Borst
Mesh bias and shear band inclination in standard and non-standard continua
published pages: 2577-2590, ISSN: 0939-1533, DOI: 10.1007/s00419-019-01593-2
Archive of Applied Mechanics 89/12 2019-12-17
2017 Thomas Linse, Paul Hennig, Markus Kästner, René de Borst
A convergence study of phase-field models for brittle fracture
published pages: 307-318, ISSN: 0013-7944, DOI: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2017.09.013
Engineering Fracture Mechanics 184 2019-12-16
2019 Tim Hageman, René Borst
Flow of non‐Newtonian fluids in fractured porous media: Isogeometric vs standard finite element discretisation
published pages: 2020-2037, ISSN: 0363-9061, DOI: 10.1002/nag.2948
International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics 43/11 2019-09-09
2019 Tim Hageman, K.M. Pervaiz Fathima, René de Borst
Isogeometric analysis of fracture propagation in saturated porous media due to a pressurised non-Newtonian fluid
published pages: 272-283, ISSN: 0266-352X, DOI: 10.1016/j.compgeo.2019.04.030
Computers and Geotechnics 112 2019-09-09
2016 Stefan May, René de Borst, Julien Vignollet
Powell–Sabin B-splines for smeared and discrete approaches to fracture in quasi-brittle materials
published pages: 193-214, ISSN: 0045-7825, DOI: 10.1016/j.cma.2016.04.023
Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 307 2019-06-20
2017 René de Borst
Fluid flow in fractured and fracturing porous media: A unified view
published pages: 47-57, ISSN: 0093-6413, DOI: 10.1016/j.mechrescom.2016.05.004
Mechanics Research Communications 80 2019-06-20
2018 L. Chen, R. de Borst
Locally Refined T-splines
published pages: 637-659, ISSN: 0029-5981, DOI: 10.1002/nme.5759
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 114/6 2019-06-20
2018 R. de Borst, L. Chen
The role of Bézier extraction in adaptive isogeometric analysis: Local refinement and hierarchical refinement
published pages: 999-1019, ISSN: 0029-5981, DOI: 10.1002/nme.5696
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 113/6 2019-06-20
2017 Lin Chen, Erik Jan Lingen, René de Borst
Adaptive hierarchical refinement of NURBS in cohesive fracture analysis
published pages: 2151-2173, ISSN: 0029-5981, DOI: 10.1002/nme.5600
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 112/13 2019-06-20
2018 L. Chen, R. de Borst
Adaptive refinement of hierarchical T-splines
published pages: 220-245, ISSN: 0045-7825, DOI: 10.1016/j.cma.2018.03.032
Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 337 2019-06-20
2017 René de Borst
A classification of poromechanical interface elements
published pages: , ISSN: 2328-2355, DOI: 10.1515/jmmm-2016-0160
Journal of Modeling in Mechanics and Materials 1/1 2019-06-20
2019 K.M. Pervaiz Fathima, René de Borst
Implications of single or multiple pressure degrees of freedom at fractures in fluid-saturated porous media
published pages: 1-20, ISSN: 0013-7944, DOI: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2019.03.037
Engineering Fracture Mechanics 213 2019-06-06
2018 Thibault Duretz, Alban Souche, René Borst, Laetitia Le Pourhiet
The Benefits of Using a Consistent Tangent Operator for Viscoelastoplastic Computations in Geodynamics
published pages: , ISSN: 1525-2027, DOI: 10.1029/2018gc007877
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 2019-03-12
2019 Lin Chen, René de Borst
Cohesive fracture analysis using Powell-Sabin B-splines
published pages: 625-640, ISSN: 0363-9061, DOI: 10.1002/nag.2882
International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics 43 2019-02-25
2019 Arne Claus Hansen-Dörr, René de Borst, Paul Hennig, Markus Kästner
Phase-field modelling of interface failure in brittle materials
published pages: 25-42, ISSN: 0045-7825, DOI: 10.1016/j.cma.2018.11.020
Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 346 2019-02-07
2018 L. Chen, C. V. Verhoosel, R. de Borst
Discrete fracture analysis using locally refined T-splines
published pages: 117-140, ISSN: 0029-5981, DOI: 10.1002/nme.5917
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 116/2 2019-02-07

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