Impact of Local Effects on the Evolution of Unconventional Rock Permeability

Xinxing Ma, Xianwen Li, Shouwen Zhang, Yanming Zhang, Xiangie Hao, Jishan Liu

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When gas is extracted from unconventional rock, local equilibrium conditions between matrixes and fractures are destroyed and significant local effects are introduced. Although the interactions between the matrix and fracture have a strong influence on the permeability evolution, they are not understood well. This may be the reason why permeability models in commercial codes do not include the matrix-fracture interactions. In this study, we introduced the local force to define the interactions between the matrix and the fracture and derived a set of partial differential equations to define the full coupling of rock deformation and gas flow both in the matrix and in the fracture systems. The full set of cross-coupling formulations were solved to generate permeability evolution profiles during unconventional gas extraction. The results of this study demonstrate that the contrast between the matrix and fracture properties controls the processes and their evolutions. The primary reason is the gas diffusion from fractures to matrixes. The diffusion changes the force balance, mass exchange and deformation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number478
Number of pages17
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019


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