Three-Phase Cracked Porous Medium: Shale Fracking and ASR Damage

Zdeněk P. Bažant*, Viet T. Chau, Saeed Rahimi-Aghdam

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The hydraulic fracturing of shale, as well as the fracturing of concrete due to the alkali-silica reaction (ASR), require some interesting generalizations of Biot concept of two-phase medium. In both, the fracturing due to pore pressure if the salient physical phenomenon. The lecture explains how the concept of a three-phase medium - solid-percolating nanopores-hydraulic cracks - makes it possible to predict the lateral branching of hydraulic cracks, provided that the body forces due to gradients of pressure in nanopores are included. Some similar phenomena exist in the alkali-silica reaction (ASR) as affected by ASR gel diffusion and pore water diffusion and are important in assessing the structural damage due to ASR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPoromechanics 2017 - Proceedings of the 6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics
EditorsPatrick Dangla, Jean-Michel Pereira, Siavash Ghabezloo, Matthieu Vandamme
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780784480779
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, Poromechanics 2017 - Paris, France
Duration: Jul 9 2017Jul 13 2017

Publication series

NamePoromechanics 2017 - Proceedings of the 6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics

Other

Other6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, Poromechanics 2017
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period7/9/177/13/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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