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A unified variational eigen-erosion framework for interacting brittle fractures and compaction bands in fluid-infiltrating porous media

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... At low confining pressure and room temperature, subcritical crack growth is influenced by the change of the degree of water saturation in the brittle regime such that both drying and wetting may both induce fractures. In the petroleum engineering industry, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is widely applied to extract special forms of natural gas including coal seam gas, shale, and tight gas [130,200,299]. In enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), high-pressure water is injected into deep hot rock layers of very low permeability in order to enhance their permeability and, thus, improve the efficiency of the energy system. ...
... The material time derivative of an arbitrary vector quantity (•) with respect to the motion of ' α is mentioned to in the following as (•) α . Using v β with β ∈ {L, G} to denote the fluid velocities, the motion of the liquid and gas phases are expressed in Eulerian settings with reference to the solid motion [39,86,285,287,299,302,321] . Therefore, we apply the material time derivative with respect to the motion of the solid constituent as ...
... However, a modified anisotropic permeability tensor relation K frac is introduced in the phase-field fracture problem, where the Poiseuille's flow in the crack region, similarly to the flow between two parallel plates (i.e. Stokes' hypothesis is applied, see, [64,194,299,312]), is incorporated as a material law for the damaged porous media. This leads by an analytical solution of the Stokes equation to a modified Darcy's law for the flow in the crack region, commonly referred as the cubic law. ...
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... Pressurized and fluid-filled fractures using phase-field modeling was subject in numerous papers in recent years. These studies range from mathematical modeling [28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35], mathematical analysis [36][37][38][39][40], numerical modeling and simulations [41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50][51][52][53], and up to (adaptive) global-local formulations [54] (see here in particular also [55] and [27] for non-pressurized studies) and high performance parallel computations [56,57]. Extensions towards multiphysics phase-field fracture in porous media were proposed in which various phenomena couple as for instance proppant [35], two-phase flow formulations [58] or given temperature variations [32]. ...
... Herein, i refers to the layer number within the domain, see Fig. 13b, with (β a , χ a ) and (β g , χ g ) are corresponding to the a and g, respectively, see (30) and (47). Thus, if ξ i > 1 means a is stiffer than g then crack orientation is in direction parallel to a. Otherwise, if ξ i < 1 means g is stiffer than a then crack orientation is in direction parallel to g. ...
... Thus, if ξ i > 1 means a is stiffer than g then crack orientation is in direction parallel to a. Otherwise, if ξ i < 1 means g is stiffer than a then crack orientation is in direction parallel to g. To formulate the fracture process, the stiffer fiber is set with a larger value of the penalty-like parameter in the (30) and (47). Therefore, in the following, we consider four different cases. ...
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... Stokes' hypothesis is applied, cf. Miehe et al. [2015a], Wilson and Landis [2016], Wang and Sun [2017], Choo and Sun [2018]), is incorporated as a material law for the damaged porous media. This leads by an analytical solution of the Stokes equation to a modified Darcy's law for the flow in the crack region, commonly referred as the cubic law. ...
... This leads by an analytical solution of the Stokes equation to a modified Darcy's law for the flow in the crack region, commonly referred as the cubic law. Similarly to works on fully saturated porous media-phase-field fracture, such as in Miehe et al. [2015a], Wilson and Landis [2016], Wang and Sun [2017], Choo and Sun [2018], the intrinsic permeability tensor of a representative elementary volume can be partition into two components, K poro which governs the deformation-dependent bulk hydraulic responses that remains isotropic and K frac , a rank-one tensor that represents the crack opening and closure both as a fluid conduit for the plane orthogonal to the normal vector of the crack, i.e. ...
... Chukwudozie et al. [2019]) to introducing phenomenological relations to introduce an effective anisotropic permeability model based on Eq. (21) (cf. Wang and Sun [2017], , Heider et al. [2018]). While both approaches may capture the anisotropic nature of the fluid conduit effect, the validity of the former approach can be viewed as questionable, as this implies the removal of solid mass in the damaged zone. ...
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... In order to model the fracture flow in a fluid-infiltrating porous media, we adopt the permeability enhancement approach that approximates the water flow inside the fracture as the flow between two parallel plates [138][139][140][141]: ...
... In addition, we introduce a set of heterogeneous material properties that solely depends on the spatial distribution of initial porosity ϕ 0 . Specifically, we adopt a phenomenological model proposed by [155] for the shear modulus G, while we use a power law for the critical energy release rate G d similar to [140,156]: conditions. Based on this setting, the water is supplied from the bottom during the freezing ...
... In this study, the fluid flow within both undamaged porous matrix and fracture is assumed to be similar to the laminar flow of a Newtonian fluid that possesses a low Reynolds number. This approach has been widely accepted in modeling hydraulic fracture in porous media [139,140,142,241,242] such that the laminar fracture flow is approximated as the flow between two parallel plates which leads to an increase in permeability along the flow direction (i.e., cubic law). Hence, we assume that the fluid flow inside both the host matrix and the fracture obeys the generalized Darcy's law, i.e., (3.66) ...
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... An interesting aspect of this variational formalism is that multiple ways are available to introduce regularization for the fracture energy functional (Schmidt et al. 2009;Borden et al. 2012;Geelen et al. 2018). By taking different forms of the nonlocal fracture energy functional, mesh size independence can be achieved, as shown in the cases of the phase-field model and the eigenfracture scheme, see Schmidt et al. (2009), Pandolfi andOrtiz (2012), Bourdin et al. (2008), Wang and Sun (2017), Choo and Sun (2018), Bryant and Sun (2018), Na and Sun (2018). In both cases, regularization is provided by introducing a finite length scale in the expression of the gradient or nonlocal integral of the damage parameter, a technique well known in classical damage mechanics (Bažant and Jirásek 2002;Liu et al. 2016;de Borst and Verhoosel 2016). ...
... Gravouil et al. 2002;Sun et al. 2011a, b). However, in the family of variational fracture models, including phase-field fracture and the thick levelset fracture approaches, damage is smeared around the cracks rather than localized (Bourdin et al. 2008;Wang and Sun 2017;Cazes and Moës 2015;Navas et al. 2018). As a result, enrichment functions do not need to be introduced to capture the strong discontinuity. ...
... Pandolfi and Ortiz 2012;Stochino et al. 2017). As the size of the -neighbourhood is predefined and independent of the mesh size, the energy dissipated due to crack growth is directly associated with the size of the element and, hence, the resultant simulations are less sensitive to the mesh size than the classic element-deletion models (Wang and Sun 2017;Song et al. 2008). ...
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... A future extension may include distinction between the tensile and compression degradation mechanism as those in Gültekin, Dal, and Holzapfel [127], where a different degradation function is applied on the compressive stress and the compressive strain energy to reflect the difference in load-bearing capacities. Meanwhile, Wang and Sun [136] has associated the degradation of compression as a result of anti-crack propagation that could be triggered by a higher anti-crack fracture energy to examine the propagation of compaction band. These extensions will be considered in future study but is out of the scope of the current work. ...
... However, this naive approach may lead to a vanishing gradient field inside the damaged zone if the length scale parameter of the phase field is sufficiently larger than the mesh size [136,212]. While this issue can be suppressed by using a small length scale parameter respect to the mesh size, the reduction of the ratio between the length scale and mesh size may make it difficult for the solver to recover the sharp gradient of phase field. ...
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... To this end, we substitute the results of Eqs. (70) and (71) into D f in Eq. (66), which is the energy dissipation per unit volume. Integrating the resulting dissipation density over the domain Ω with the crack surface Γ d gives ...
... Given these considerations, here we take an approach that augments an anisotropic permeability tensor describing Poiseuille flow to the absolute permeability tensor in Eq. (48). Such an approach has been advocated by Miehe and Mauthe [40,49] and Wang and Sun [70], among others. We now write the absolute permeability tensor as ...
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... Fracture mechanics can offer a basis for a more mechanically sound, mesh-insensitive approach to brittle failures of geological materials. The application of fracture mechanics to geomechanical problems has been explored since several decades ago (e.g., [45,46]), and it is now an active area of research in various contexts from landslides to fault mechanics to hydraulic fracturing (e.g., [47][48][49][50][51][52][53][54]). Simulating fractures in these geomechanical problems, however, faces theoretical and computational challenges that have not yet been addressed satisfactorily. ...
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... Practically, it can be considered as a regularised non-local element-erosion method which does not involve extra equations with auxiliary fields (like the phase-field). An elaborate presentation of this eigen-erosion was reported in Wang and Sun [2017] for poromechanics problems. Even though the method has not yet been studied as extensively as the Bourdin et al. [2000] model, impressive results for problems involving fragmentation, contacts and phase transition were obtained [Pandolfi et al., 2014, Li et al., 2015a. ...
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... Practically, it can be considered as a regularised non-local element-erosion method which does not involve extra equations with auxiliary fields (like the phase field). An elaborated presentation of this eigen-erosion was reported in Wang and Sun [2017] for poromechanics problems. Even though the method has not studied as extensively as the Bourdin et al. [2000] model, impressive results for problems involving fragmentation, contacts, phase transition were obtained [Li et al., 2012, Pandolfi et al., 2014. ...
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