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Student Projects

Information about ongoing student projects in Structural Diagenesis...

Our research on structural diagenesis is supported by Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy with initiation funding from JSG Structural Diagenesis Initiative of the Geology Foundation, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences (2005-2008).

Research on all aspects of subsurface fractures is supported by Industrial Associates of the Fracture Research and Application Consortium and by Jackson Research Fellowships.

The Fracture Research & Application Consortium supports a wide range of student projects focused on fractured shale, sandstone, and carbonate rocks. Major studies are underway in Colorado, Wyoming, East Texas, and Argentina.

In addition, many separately funded projects support our structural diagenesis research. Among these:

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Steve Becker | Fluid inclusion records of fracture opening histories

Andras Fall | Fracture system petrology

Department of Geological Sciences

Hyein Ahn | Issues in microstructural imaging

Brandon Barber | Fracture pattern development: systematic comparison of outcrop maps and geomechanical model results

Yihua Cai | Issues in CO2 sequestration

Magdalena Ellis | Fracture pattern evolution and diagenesis in fault zones, Torridonian sandstone, NW Scotland

Luke Fidler | Fracture evolution in shale systems

Peter Hargrove | Fracture spatial scaling and pattern development under the influence of quartz precipitation, Cambrian Eriboll sandstone, NW Scotland

John Hooker | Fracture scaling and spatial scaling, with examples from Argentina and Colorado

Juan Inigo| Fracture pattern evolution and diagenesis, Bolivia and Argentina

Autumn Kaylor | Fractures and diagenesis of Cretaceous sandstones, Western Canada basin

Yue Li | Fracture diagenesis

Faustino Monroy-Santiago | Diagenesis of fractures in dolostone

Aysen Ozkan | Regional diagenesis, fracture petrology, and fracture opening histories, Piceance Basin, Colorado

Alex Urquhart | Faults and CO2 storage

David Westwood | Undergraduate Assistant, Tufts University, Summer 2009

Energy and Earth Resources Graduate Program

Libsen Castillo | Integrated analysis to improve hydraulic fracturing treatments in carbonate and clastic Reservoirs in Torunos Hydrocarbon Field, Barinas Basin, Southwest Venezuela

Natalia Kalitynska | Economic and engineering evaluation of hydraulic fracture completion practices in the Piceance Basin, CO, USA

Walaa Ali | Geology, engineering, and economic issues, fractured mudstone reservoirs

Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering

Hamid Adefashe | Determining the fracture mechanics properties of sedimentary rocks using double torsion testing

Arash Dahi | Geomechanical modeling of fracture diagenesis

Farrukh Hamza | Poroelastic effects on shear failure in sands

Mehran Hosseini | Hydraulic fracturing of weakly consolidated sands

Hasnain Khan | Shear-induced relative permeability changes in uncemented sands

Raushan Kumar | Fluid chemistry effects on stress corrosion (subcritical) fracture

Atif Mohammed | Piceance basin hydraulic fracture performance

Namsu Park | Discrete element modeling of rock fracture behavior: fracture toughness and time-dependent fracture growth

Jennifer Reese | Simulating gas production from hydraulic fracture networks: A case study of the Barnett Shale

Farrokh Sheibani | The effects of confining stress on subcritical crack growth