UT GeoFluids studies the state and evolution of pressure, stress, deformation and fluid migration through experiments, models, and field study. This industry-funded consortium is dedicated to producing innovative concepts that couple geology and fluid flow.
The results are used to predict pressure, stress, trap integrity, and borehole stability. Our team combines geoscientists at The University of Texas with geotechnical engineers at MIT. Concepts developed in the GeoFluids Consortium have been extended to study marine slope stability and the processes of hydrate formation and disassociation. Tools have been developed to measure pressure in-situ in mudrocks.
UT GeoFluids is currently supported by 13 energy companies.
Each year UT GeoFluids holds a meeting to present current research to consortium memebers. UT GeoFluids 2015 Meeting Dates: Feb. 25-27, 2015, on the University of Texas Campus at the AT&T Exec Ed and Conf Center.
For information, abstracts, presentations, and participant lists from previous annual meetings please visit the meetings page.
Dylan Meyer at Sea on R/V Endeavor
Maria Nikolinakou attends 48th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Sympossium
Casey, B. & Germaine, J.T., 2014, An Evaluation of Three Triaxial Systems With Results From 0.1 to 100MPa, Geotechnical Testing Journal, Vol. 37 No. 6, DOI: 10.1520/GTJ20130178
Nikolinakou, M.A., Flemings, P.B., and Hudec, M.R., 2014, Modeling stress evolution around a rising salt diapir, Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 51, p. 230-238, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2013.11.021.
Nikolinakou, M. A., Hudec, M. R., and Flemings, P. B., 2014, Comparison of evolutionary and static modeling of stresses around a salt diapir, Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 57, no. 0, p. 537-545., 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2014.07.002.
Smith, A. J., Flemings, P. B., Liu, X., and Darnell, K., 2014, The evolution of methane vents that pierce the hydrate stability zone in the world's oceans: Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, DOI: 10.1002/2013JB010686.
You, Y., Flemings, P., and Mohrig, D., 2014, Mechanics of dual-mode dilative failure in subaqueous sediment deposits, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 397, no. 0, p. 10-18.
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