Current Postgraduate Students
Mr Thomas Snell, MA(Oxon.), AHEA
(email at email@example.com)
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.
NERC Oil and Gas CDT
Oxford University: Bachelor of Physics 2009-2013
- (Conferred to MA(Oxon) after 21 terms from matriculation)
Durham University Learning and Teaching Award: Associateship of Higher Education Academy
Earth Sciences Durham: Departmental Education Committee
2nd Year Postgraduate Rep
Is supervised by
- Snell, T.A., De Paola, N., van Hunen, J. & Nielsen, S. (2016), The Impact of Fault Zone Architecture in Modelling the Fluid Overpressure Driven Faulting and Seismicity of the Colfiorito Seismic Sequence, Tectonics Studies Group Annual Meeting. London.