Modelling fluid-microstructure interaction on elasto-visco-plastic digital rocks

TitleModelling fluid-microstructure interaction on elasto-visco-plastic digital rocks
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsM Lesueur, MC Casadiego, M Veveakis, and T Poulet
JournalGeomechanics for Energy and the Environment
Start Page1
Pagination1 - 13
Date Published12/2017

Flow simulators have become increasingly popular to compute permeability on digital porous rocks reconstructed from Computerised Tomography (CT) scan data as part of Digital Rock Physics workflows. Various schemes are being used that focus mainly on numerical efficiency but do not necessarily provide the flexibility to account for more complex couplings between other physical models than the flow itself, like irreversible mechanical deformation for instance. To overcome this limitation, we present a finite element implementation of an Eulerian flow solver that is coupled to a Lagrangian solid mechanics solver, both in a sequential or tight manner. The flow simulator is successfully benchmarked for permeability computation on a digital rock that has been previously used for other code validations. The need for a tightly coupled hydro-mechanical simulator is then highlighted by comparing the loose and tight coupling approaches, revealing that the tight approach is more accurate and more efficient computationally. Finally, the use of the simulator in real cases is illustrated by running a hydro-mechanical simulation on a digital rock sample, where plastic deformation and fluid flow in the porous space are resolved simultaneously.

Short TitleGeomechanics for Energy and the Environment