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Current and former students & postdocs


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Hydrogen Storage GeoH2

Fracture Research and Application Consortium (FRAC)

Bureau of Economic Geology

Jackson School of Geosciences

Callahan & Eichhubl (eds): The Geologic Basement of Texas

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Peter Eichhubl

Senior Research Scientist

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara

The University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences, Bureau of Economic Geology

University Station, Box X, Austin TX 78713-8924
phone: (512) 475 8829
e-mail: peter.eichhubl@beg.utexas.edu

My research combines the fields of fault and fracture mechanics, geomechanics, and low-temperature geochemistry to address fundamental aspects of crustal deformation, mass and heat transfer in sedimentary basins, the effects of chemical mass transfer on the mechanical and hydraulic behavior of fractures and faults, and the chemical interaction between fluids and minerals.

This research is of relevance to the production of geothermal and hydrocarbon resources, groundwater management, and underground storage of hydrogen. Fundamental aspects of this research have implications for the seismic and aseismic deformation of the Earth's upper crust, the interaction of subsurface fluids with the atmosphere and biosphere, and for energy resources.

Active Research Programs & Projects

Geological storage of hydrogen

Geothermal systems

Reservoir geomechanics and induced seismicity

Fracture growth in chemically reactive subsurface systems

Structural and diagenetic evolution of deformation bands and cataclastic fault zones

Grain-scale diagenetic processes

Graduate students and postdocs

Graduate students and postdocs are significantly involved in our projects. A list of current and former students and postdocs and their projects is here. Projects usually involve the integration of field and laboratory analytical or numerical work. Research topics include field- and core-based structural geology, geomechanics, geofluids, geochemistry, and natural resources. I supervise students in the Geosciences graduate program.

Selected Publications

Callahan, O*., Eichhubl, P., and Davatzes, N. C., 2020, Mineral precipitation as a mechanism of fault core growth, Journal of Structural Geology, vol. 140, no. 104156 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2020.104156

Haddad, M.**, and Eichhubl, P., 2020, Poroelastic Models for Fault Reactivation in Response to Concurrent Injection and Production in Stacked Reservoirs, Journal of Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment, vol 24, no. 100181. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gete.2020.100181

Fan, Z.,** Eichhubl, P., and Newell, P., 2019, Basement fault reactivation by fluid injection into sedimentary reservoirs: Poroelastic effects, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JB017062

Chen, X.**, Eichhubl, P., Olson, J. E., Dewers, T., 2019, Effect of Water on Fracture Mechanical Properties of Shales, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth. v. 124, p. 2428-2444. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JB016479

Landry, C. J., Eichhubl, P., Prodanović, M., and Wilkins, S., 2016, Nanoscale grain boundary channels in fracture cement enhance flow in mudrocks, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, v. 121, p. 3366-3376. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2016JB012810

Fall, A., Eichhubl, P., Bodnar, R. J., Laubach, S. E., and Davis, J. S., 2015, Natural hydraulic fracturing of tight-gas sandstone reservoirs, Piceance Basin, Colorado: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 127, p. 61-75. https://dx.doi.org/10.1130/B31021.1

Eichhubl, P., Hooker, J. N., and Laubach, S. E., 2010, Pure and Shear-Enhanced Compaction Bands in Aztec Sandstone: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, no. 12, p. 1873-1886. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2010.02.004

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, vol. 122, no. 7/8, p. 1081-1093. http://dx.doi.org/10.1130/B30067.1

Full list of Publications

last updated 12/2/2021

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