Hydraulic Fracturing: Modeling, Simulation, and Experiment (18w5085)

Arriving in Banff, Alberta Sunday, June 3 and departing Friday June 8, 2018


(University of British Columbia)

Andrew Bunger (University of Pittsburgh)

Emmanuel Detournay (University of Minnesota)

Egor Dontsov (University of Houston)

Dmitry Garagash (Dalhousie University)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Hydraulic Fracturing: Modeling, Simulation, and Experiment" workshop from June 3rd to June 8th, 2018.

The widespread use of hydraulic fracturing to enable the extraction of hydrocarbons from gas-rich shale formations has lead to significant public concern. These concerns stem from the fear that hydraulic fractures may breach aquifers or induce significant seismic events. The use of hydraulic fracturing in such mechanically complex solid media has put engineering field practice beyond the current computer simulation tools. To address these concerns, the objective of this meeting is to convene a BIRS Workshop of Applied Mathematicians, Geo-Scientists, and Engineers from Academia and Industry to accelerate the development of the state-of-the-art tools to analyze the evolution of hydraulic fractures that propagation in these complex solid media.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).