Modeling of Cyclic Deformation of Sandstones Based on Experimental Observations

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Underground energy storage (UES) in porous and cavity reservoirs can be used to balance the mismatch between the production and demand of renewable energy. Understanding the geomechanical behaviour of these reservoirs under different storage conditions, i.e., storage frequency and fluid pressure, is key in defining their capacity and effective lifetime. This work presents an analysis performed on sandstones to unravel their geomechanical response under cyclic loading. It includes, importantly, both experimental and numerical investigations under deviatoric stress conditions below the rock dilatant cracking threshold. From the experimental point of view, axial strains and acoustic emissions indicated that inelastic strains accumulated cycle after cycle, following a decreasing rate per cycle. Four types of deformations were interpreted: elastic, viscoelastic, plastic, and cyclic-plastic. Based on these experimental results and observations, the Modified Cam-clay model was extended to account for cyclic plastic deformations and the Kelvin-Voigt model was used to model visco-elasticity. This approach can be used to study cyclic sandstone deformation’s implications on subsidence, fault reactivation, and cap rock flexure, among other physical phenomena impacting a reservoir’s storage capacity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEAGE GET 2022
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event3rd EAGE Global Energy Transition - The Hage, Netherlands
Duration: 7 Nov 20229 Nov 2022
Conference number: 3


Conference3rd EAGE Global Energy Transition
Abbreviated titleEAGE GET 2022
CityThe Hage

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