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Numerical Analysis for Fault Reactivation during Gas Hydrate Production
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  • Journal title : Tunnel and Underground Space
  • Volume 26, Issue 2,  2016, pp.59-67
  • Publisher : Korean Society for Rock Mechanics
  • DOI : 10.7474/TUS.2016.26.2.059
 Title & Authors
Numerical Analysis for Fault Reactivation during Gas Hydrate Production
Kim, Hyung-Mok; Kim, A-Ram;
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In this paper, we perform a numerical analysis to evaluate the potential of fault reactivation during gas production from hydrate bearing sediments and the moment magnitude of induced seismicity. For the numerical analysis, sequential coupling of TOUGH+Hydrate and FLAC3D was used and the change in effective stress and consequent geomechanical deformation including fault reactivation was simulated by assuming that Mohr-Coulomb shear resistance criterion is valid. From the test production simulation of 30 days, we showed that pore pressure reduction as well as effective stress change hardly induces the fault reactivation in the vicinity of a production well. We also investigated the influence of stress state conditions to a fault reactivation, and showed that normal fault stress regime, where vertical stress is relatively greater than horizontal, may have the largest potential for the reactivation. We tested one simulation that earthquake can be induced during gas production and calculated the moment magnitude of the seismicity. Our calculation presented that all the magnitudes from the calculation were negative values, which indicates that induced earthquakes can be grouped into micro-seismic and as small as hardly perceived by human beings. However, it should be noted that the current simulation was carried out using the highly simplified geometric model and assumptions such that the further simulations for a scheduled test production and commercial scale production considering complex geometric conditions may produce different results.
Fault reactivation;Methane gas production;Hydrate;Induced earthquake;Coupled analysis;Geomechanics;
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