Natural Fracture Network Characterisation: Numerical modelling, outcrop analysis and subsurface data

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Abstract

Responsibly using the subsurface for geo-energy extraction or storage requires an accurate understanding of the static and dynamic behaviour of the targeted reservoirs. While mostly dependent on intrinsic rock properties (e.g. porosity and permeability), this behaviour is also believed to be significantly impacted by the presence of natural fractures. For example, depending on their opening, connectivity, intensity or cement infill, natural fractures can both channel or inhibit fluid flow, thereby causing significant local flow heterogeneities which can both increase or decrease geo-energy production values. Therefore, assessing the possible characteristics of natural fractures has become an integral component in complex reservoir studies.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Bertotti, G., Supervisor
  • Barnhoorn, A., Advisor
Award date20 Nov 2020
Place of PublicationDelft
Publisher
Print ISBNs978-94-6366-320-5
Electronic ISBNs978-94-6366-320-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Natural Fractures
  • Mechanical Modelling
  • Drone Imagery
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Fluid flow Modelling

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