Laboratory simulations of fluid-induced seismicity, hydraulic fracture, and fluid flow

Philip M. Benson*, David Carlo Austria, Stephan Gehne, Emily Butcher, Claire E. Harnett, Marco Fazio, Pete Rowley, Ricardo Tomas

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Abstract

Fluid-induced seismicity has been observed and recorded for decades. Seismic energy necessarily requires a source, which is frequently related to rock fracture either in compression or tension. In both cases, such fracture may be promoted by crustal fluids. In this paper, we review some of the advances in the field of fluid-induced seismicity, with a particular focus on the use and application of new and innovative laboratory methods to better understand the complex, coupled, processes in shallow sub-surface energy extraction applications. We discuss the current state-of-the-art with specific reference to Thermal-Hydraulic-Coupling in volcanotectonic environments, which has a long history of fluid-driven seismic events linked to deep fluid movement. This ranges from local earthquakes to fluid-driven resonance, known as volcanic tremor. More recently so-called non-volcanic tremor has been identified in a range of scenarios where motion at an interface is primarily driven by fluids rather than significant stress release. Finally, we review rock fracture in the tensile regime which occurs naturally and in the engineered environment for developing fractures for the purpose of resource extraction, such as hydraulic fracturing in unconventional hydrocarbon industry or developing Hot-Dry-Rock geothermal reservoirs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100169
JournalGeomechanics for Energy and the Environment
Volume24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work has been financed by the National Environmental Research Council (Grant No. NE/L009110/1), a Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Reintegration grant (contract No. 333588), and a Royal Society equipment grant (Grant No. RG130682) to PMB. The CT scanning has been performed in the Future Technology Centre at the University of Portsmouth.

Funding Information:
This work has been financed by the National Environmental Research Council (Grant No. NE/L009110/1 ), a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Reintegration grant (contract No. 333588 ), and a Royal Society equipment grant (Grant No. RG130682 ) to PMB. The CT scanning has been performed in the Future Technology Centre at the University of Portsmouth.

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© 2019 The Authors

Keywords

  • Acoustic emission
  • Fluid-induced seismicity
  • Geomechanics
  • Hydraulic fracture

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