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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Postgraduate Students

Mr Thomas Snell, MA(Oxon.), AHEA

Ph.D. Student in the Department of Earth Sciences
Room number: Open Plan Area

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PhD Title: Modelling Fluid Overpressure Driven Faulting and Seismicity within Low Porosity Seal and Tight Reservoir Rocks

 Understanding how the development of overpressured fluid patches along seal and tight reservoir fault zones can act as nucleation sites and trigger earthquakes is critical. The main aim of the project is to deliver a set of numerical models where the strength evolution of seal and tight reservoir fracture/fault patterns is predicted as a function of the non-linear variation of their transport properties and pore fluid pressures, assuming natural fracture/fault patterns geometries. Predictions on whether fluid induced fracturing/failure can lead to earthquake nucleation or stable sliding creep conditions. 

PhD Funding

NERC Oil and Gas CDT

Oxford University: Bachelor of Physics 2009-2013

  • (Conferred to MA(Oxon) after 21 terms from matriculation)

Additional Information

Durham University Learning and Teaching Award: Associateship of Higher Education Academy

Completed 2014-2015

Earth Sciences Durham: Departmental Education Committee

2nd Year Postgraduate Rep

Research Groups

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Selected Publications

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