A heuristic model inversion for coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical modelling of triaxial experiments

Journal Article (Journal Article)

As multiphysics geomechanical models get developed, their increasing complexity and number of parameters make it particularly difficult to calibrate against experimental data. In this contribution, we present a heuristic workflow to invert for parameters of a coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical (THM) model in a way that helps the theoretical modellers refine their definition of the underlying elasto-visco-plastic model itself. We apply this workflow to the calibration of deviatoric and volumetric data for two sets of triaxial experiments on mudstone and sandstone. We show that beyond the calibration of well-defined parameters of the THM model, one or two scaling factors of the experimentally obtained yield surface and two more factors to capture the confinement and pore pressure dependency of the flow law lead to the satisfactory matching of series of experiments at varying confinements for two different rock types. Using this physical model, we also show that tracking the volumetric component of the mechanical power in the numerical simulations might allow reducing the number of experiments required to calibrate the model.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lin, J; Sari, M; Alevizos, S; Veveakis, M; Poulet, T

Published Date

  • January 1, 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 117 /

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-7633

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0266-352X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.compgeo.2019.103278

Citation Source

  • Scopus