Convergence of iterative coupling for coupled flow and geomechanics. (English) Zbl 1392.35235

Summary: In this paper, we study solving iteratively the coupling of flow and mechanics. We demonstrate the stability and convergence of two widely used schemes: the undrained split method and the fixed stress split method. To our knowledge, this is the first time that such results have been rigorously obtained and published in the scientific literature. In addition, we propose a new stress split method, with faster convergence rate than known schemes. These results are specially important today due to the interest in hydraulic fracturing [R. H. Dean and J. H. Schmidt, “Hydraulic-fracture predictions with a fully coupled geomechanical reservoir simulator”, SPE J. 14, No. 4, 707–714 (2009; doi:10.2118/116470-PA); L. Ji, A. Settari and R. B. Sullivan, “A novel hydraulic fracturing model fully coupled with geomechanics and reservoir simulation”, ibid. 14, No. 3, 423–430 (2009; doi:10.2118/110845-PA); P. Samier and S. De Gennaro, “Practical iterative coupling of geomechanics with reservoir simulation”, in: Proceedings of the SPE reservoir simulation symposium, 26–28 February, Houston, Texas, USA (2007; doi:10.2118/106188-MS); A. Settari and F. M. Mourits, “A coupled reservoir and geomechanical simulation system“, SPE J. 3, No. 3, 219–226 (1998; doi:10.2118/50939-PA)], in oil and gas shale reservoirs.


35Q35 PDEs in connection with fluid mechanics
76M25 Other numerical methods (fluid mechanics) (MSC2010)
76S05 Flows in porous media; filtration; seepage
86A60 Geological problems
86-08 Computational methods for problems pertaining to geophysics
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