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COMSOL in a New Tensorial Formulation of Non-Isothermal Poroelasticity

A. Mario-Cesar Suarez[1], and V. Fernando Samaniego[2]

[1]Faculty of Sciences, Michoacan University, Morelia, Mich., Mexico
[2]Faculty of Engineering, National University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

The presence of a moving fluid in a porous rock modifies its mechanical response. Poroelasticity explains how the fluid inside the pores bears a portion of the total load supported by the rock. The remaining part of the load is supported by the elastic skeleton, which contains a laminar fluid coupled to the framework by equilibrium and continuity conditions. This work introduces an original tensorial formulation of Biot’s theory and the experimental thermo-poroelastic parameters that support the theory is solved using the Earth Science Module of COMSOL Multiphysics.