ABSTRACT:

Hydraulic fracturing is extensively used in hydrocarbon extraction and in Engineered Geothermal Systems. However, many aspects involved in the initiation, propagation and interaction of existing and newly-created fractures are not clearly understood. Since the data obtained from real-scale stimulations provide solely indirect information on the fracturing processes, laboratory and numerical analyses play a crucial role for better understanding the mechanisms involved in the hydraulic fracturing of rocks.

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