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Three-dimensional buoyant hydraulic fracture growth: constant release from a point source

  title={Three-dimensional buoyant hydraulic fracture growth: constant release from a point source},
  author={A. Mori and B. Lecampion Geo-Energy Laboratory - Gaznat Chair on Geo-Energy and Ecole polytechnique f'ed'erale de Lausanne and Switzerland.},
Hydraulic fractures propagating at depth are subjected to buoyant forces caused by the density contrast between fluid and solid. This paper is concerned with the analysis of the transition from an initially radial towards an elongated buoyant growth – a critical topic for the understanding of vertical hydraulic fractures extent in the upper earth crust. Using fully coupled numerical simulations and scaling arguments, we show that a single dimensionless number governs buoyant hydraulic fracture… 


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