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.

Geomechanics and reservoir engineering services offered at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) include:

  • Two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) numerical geomechanical modeling using finite-element and discrete-element techniques
  • Borehole stability analysis

Related Terminology

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

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04/15/14