Contact between rough rock surfaces using a dual mortar method [article]

Cyrill von Planta and Daniel Vogler and Patrick Zulian and Martin O. Saar and Rolf Krause
<span title="2019-09-05">2019</span> <i > arXiv </i> &nbsp; <span class="release-stage" >pre-print</span>
The mechanical behavior of fractures in solids, such as rocks, has strong implications for reservoir engineering applications. Deformations, and the corresponding change in solid contact area and aperture field, impact rock fracture stiffness and permeability thus altering the reservoir properties significantly. Simulating contact between fractures is numerically difficult as the non-penetration constraints lead to a nonlinear problem and the surface meshes of the solid bodies on the opposing
more &raquo; ... acture sides may be non-matching. Furthermore, the challenging geometry of the arising constraints requires to solve the problem in several iterations, adjusting the constraints in each one. Here we present a novel discrete implementation of a dual mortar method and a non-smooth SQP solver, suitable for parallel computing, and apply it to a two body contact problem consisting of realistic rock fracture geometries from the Grimsel underground laboratory in Switzerland. The contributions of this article are: 1) a novel, parallel implementation of a dual mortar method and non-smooth SQP method, 2) realistic rock geometries with rough surfaces, and 3) numerical examples, which prove that the dual mortar method is capable of replicating the nonlinear closure behavior of fractures, observed in laboratory experiments.
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