Investigations on fracturing (cracking) processes in shale, specifically crack initiation, -propagation, and -coalescence contribute to the understanding of shale behavior. This is important for stability and deformability problems encountered in civil and mining engineering. It is also very important in the context of hydraulic fracturing for hydrocarbon extraction.
Vaca Muerta Shale – Basic Properties, Specimen Preparation, and Fracture Processes
AlDajani, O. A., Morgan, S. P., Germaine, J. T., and H. H. Einstein. "Vaca Muerta Shale – Basic Properties, Specimen Preparation, and Fracture Processes." Paper presented at the 51st U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, California, USA, June 2017.
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