A Peridynamic-enhanced finite element method for Thermo–Hydro–Mechanical coupled problems in saturated porous media involving cracks

Tao Ni, Xuanmei Fan, Jin Zhang, Mirco Zaccariotto, Ugo Galvanetto, Bernhard A. Schrefler

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Abstract

In this paper, a peridynamic-enhanced finite element formulation is introduced for the numerical simulation of thermo–hydro–mechanical coupled problems in saturated porous media with cracks. The proposed approach combines the Finite Element (FE) method for governing heat conduction–advection and fluid flow in the fractured porous domain, and the Peridynamic (PD) method for describing solid phase deformation and capturing crack propagation. Firstly, the consolidation problem of a porous column is simulated by using the proposed approach. The m- and δ-convergence studies are carried out with the isothermal condition to determine suitable discretization parameters for the PD model. Subsequently, non-isothermal conditions are considered, and the accuracy and reliability of the proposed approach are validated by comparing the numerical solutions with those obtained from a FE-only model. Furthermore, several numerical examples focusing on scenarios involving cracks are solved and presented to further highlight the capabilities of the proposed approach in addressing heat conduction–advection problems in fractured saturated porous media, as well as hydraulic fracture propagation problems with considerations of thermo–hydro–mechanical coupled effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number116376
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Volume417
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 15 2023

Keywords

  • Cracks
  • Finite element model
  • Peridynamics
  • Saturated porous media
  • Thermo–hydro–mechanical coupling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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