Theory of Plastic Sand Flow with Fluid Pressure Effect

Fundamental principles of elastic-plastic mechanics of soils and rocks are given on the base of the original publications. The solid friction and dilatancy effects are included in the nonstandard form of nonassociative rule of plastic flow. The resulting hyperbolic system of equations is represented for a plane case. The slip surfaces are assumed to be jump tangential discontinuities of a velocity field. The possibility of limit equilibrium at slip surfaces is accounted for. The attempts to account for grain rotations, permitting study of slip surface structure, are discussed. The Biot-Frenkel model of interpenetrating continua is developed for plastic flow of porous saturated matrix. In this case the solid matrix state is determined by the effective stresses and pore pressure diffusion happens in plastically flowing matrix. To illustrate the theory possibilities, solutions for failure and mass sand flow, driven by the pore pressure gradient, are selected. They are important especially for oil/gas reservoirs with a weak matrix, typical for offshore geology.


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  • Accession Number: 01003965
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 13 2005 10:46AM