Dual length scale non-local model to represent damage and transport in porous media

Mostafa E. Mobasher, Haim Waisman

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Recent experiments and physical evidence show that fractured porous media feature cracks and fluid capillary networks at various scales. We present a multi-physics macro-scale model that can distinguish between the mechanics and transport interactions. The porous media is represented by a poroelastic domain incorporating non-local damage and non-local transport. The evolution of each of these processes is governed by a unique length scale and driving force, which allows for better flexibility in modeling hydraulic-deformation network systems. For consistency the governing equations of the non-local multi-physics problem are derived from thermodynamics principles. Hence, a four-field (u,P,σ̃eq,D,κ̃) mixed finite element formulation is developed. The non-linear system of equations is linearized and solved using Newton's method and a backward Euler scheme is used to evolve the system in time, for which a consistent Jacobian matrix and residual vector are derived analytically. Two benchmark examples are investigated: hydraulic fracturing of rocks and soil consolidation. The numerical examples show the viability of this model, and how the variation of the two length scales and damage parameters can be used to describe different physical phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number114154
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
StatePublished - Dec 15 2021


  • Damage
  • Fracture
  • Modeling
  • Nonlocal
  • Transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Computer Science Applications


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