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The Fracture Research & Application Consortium is the centerpiece for fundamental and applied research on fractures at The University of Texas at Austin, particularly as this research applies to petroleum reservoirs.

Peter Eichhubl and Steve Laubach coordinate the FRAC research and mentoring effort within the Department of Geological Sciences. Courses on brittle structure, structural diagenesis, reservoir geomechanics, and fractured reservoirs are taught in the Department of Geological Sciences and Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering.

If you are a prospective geosciences student seeking information on sponsored senior thesis, M.S. thesis and dissertation projects, contact Steve Laubach. You should also consult the main JSG web site for application procedures.

We are currently seeking strong PhD. Candidates for research on a wide range of funded projects.

Recent Papers of Note

Laubach, S.E, P. Eichhubl, C. Hilgers, R.H. Lander, 2010, Structural diagenesis. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 12, p.1866-1872. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2010.10.001

Becker, S.P., Eichhubl, P. Laubach, S.E., Reed, R.M., Lander, R.H., and Bodnar, R.J., 2010, A
48 m.y. history of fracture opening, temperature, and fluid pressure: Cretaceous Travis Peak Formation, East Texas basin. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 122, no. 7/8, p. 1081-1093.

Laubach, S. E., Olson, J. E., and Gross, M. E., 2009, Mechanical and fracture stratigraphy: AAPG Bulletin, v. 93, no. 11, p. 1413-1426.
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