Contact Information

Kevin Smart, Ph.D.
(210) 522-5859
ksmart@swri.org

Geomechanics & Reservoir Engineering

image of three-dimensional (3D) finite model simulating hanging wall deformation during fault inversion

Three-dimensional (3D) finite model simulating hanging wall deformation during fault inversion highlights areas of increased differential stress that indicate locations for additional subseismic faulting and fracturing.


image of map-views through 3D finite element models that simulate stress state (A) before and (B) after well bore is pressurized. Hot colors show high tensile stress.

Map-views through 3D finite element models that simulate stress state (A) before and (B) after well bore is pressurized. Hot colors show high tensile stress.

Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) has developed effective approaches to building and analyzing geomechanical models of complex geologic structures and processes, including:

  • Extensional fault-tip monoclines
  • Contractional fault-related folds
  • 3D subsurface stress development following faulting and erosion
  • 2D and 3D simulations of induced hydraulic fracturing

Recent Geomechanical Modeling Publications

Related Terminology

finite element analysis  •  geomechanics  •  2D numerical modeling  •  3D numerical modeling  •  geomechanical modeling  •  discrete-element techniques

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04/15/14