Hydro-mechanical erosion models for sand production

E. Gravanis, E. Sarris, P. Papanastasiou

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Summary: Sand production is a complex physical process that depends on the external stress and flow rate conditions as well as on the state of the material. Models developed for the prediction of sand production are usually solved numerically because of the complexity of the governing equations. Testing of new sand production models can very well be performed through calibration with laboratory experiments, which by construction possess geometric symmetry facilitating explicit mathematical analysis. We introduce an erosion model that is built upon the physics (poro-mechanical coupling of the fluid-solid system) usually incorporated in erosion models for the prediction of sand production. Around this model, we set up a mathematical framework in which sand production models because of erosion can be tested and calibrated without having to resort to complex numerical work or specialised software. The model is validated by data of volumetric sand production from a hollow cylinder test on synthetic sandstone. Generalisations of the model, which are naturally incorporated in the same framework and have useful phenomenological features, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2017-2036
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 25 Dec 2015


  • Erosion hydromechanics
  • Hollow cylinder
  • Poro-plasticity
  • Sand production
  • Volumetric sand prediction


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