Rock Mechanics for Shale Plays
About the Skill Module
Special mechanical properties of shales such as anisotropy, brittleness and fracture toughness have great importance for development of shale plays as will be discussed in this skill module.
Target AudienceGeoscientists, petrophysicists, completion and drilling engineers or anyone involved in unconventional reservoir development.
You Will Learn
Participants will learn how to:
- Identify mechanical anisotropy and its different types and its measurement from lab, log, and seismic data
- Recognize how anisotropy influences the rock response to hydraulic fracturing
- Identify the different types of rock brittleness (elastic, mineralogical and strength-based)
- Describe fracture toughness and its measurement