A continuum framework for coupled solid deformation–fluid flow through anisotropic elastoplastic porous media

Yang Zhao, Ronaldo I. Borja

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Abstract

We present a continuum framework for coupled solid deformation–fluid flow in anisotropic elastoplastic porous media. A thermodynamic formulation of the coupled processes gives rise to an anisotropic Biot tensor that is a function of drained elastic tangent moduli tensor of the solid skeleton and the intrinsic bulk modulus of the solid constituent. Two effective stress measures emerge from the formulation, namely, σ, which is energy-conjugate to the elastic strain, and σ′′, which is energy-conjugate to the plastic strain. For the special case of transverse isotropy that is commonly encountered in natural rocks, the Biot tensor can be expressed in terms of its normal and tangential components to the bedding plane, along with a microstructure tensor. Apart from its thermodynamic consistency, an advantage of this new formulation is that standard mixed finite element formulation can be employed to discretize the domain and solve initial boundary-value problems. We conduct plane strain simulations of coupled solid deformation–fluid flow in a transversely isotropic porous medium to demonstrate the impacts of material anisotropy, stress history, and the Biot tensor on the system response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number113225
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Volume369
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anisotropy
  • Effective stress
  • Mixed finite element
  • Poromechanics
  • Transverse isotropy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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