A Darcy–Cahn–Hilliard model of multiphase fluid-driven fracture

TitleA Darcy–Cahn–Hilliard model of multiphase fluid-driven fracture
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsA Guével, Y Meng, C Peco, R Juanes, and JE Dolbow
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Date Published12/2023

A Darcy–Cahn–Hilliard model coupled with damage is developed to describe multiphase-flow and fluid-driven fracturing in porous media. The model is motivated by recent experimental observations in Hele–Shaw cells of the fluid-driven fracturing of a synthetic porous medium with tunable fracture resistance. The model is derived from continuum thermodynamics and employs several simplifying assumptions, such as linear poroelasticity and viscous-dominated flow. Two distinct phase fields are used to regularize the interface between an invading and a defending fluid, as well as the ensuing damage. The damage model is a cohesive version of a phase-field model for fracture, in which model parameters allow for control over both nucleation and crack growth. Simulations with finite elements are then performed to calibrate the model against recent experimental results. In particular, an experimentally-inferred phase diagram differentiating two flow regimes of porous invasion and fracturing is recovered. Finally, the model is employed to explore the parameter space beyond experimental capabilities, giving rise to the construction of an expanded phase diagram that suggests a new flow regime.

Short TitleJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids