Applying rock mechanics in deep Geothermal energy engineering
The geothermal industry has moved to utilize more challenging unconventional resources such as enhanced geothermal systems (EGSs) to produce geothermal heat that will be converted into clean electrical energy. In response to the new technical challenges such as high-temperature and high-pressure environments, Vinci Technologies propose a cutting-edge range of geomechanical tools for Reservoir Geomechanics and Seismicity Research laboratories. The instruments allow researchers to develop and apply new knowledge of rock mechanics through experimental and modelling activities. Solutions related to geothermal systems can be developed such as hydraulic fracturing, induced seismicity, wellbore stability, injection geomechanics, Enhanced Geothermal Systems development, etc.
The range of equipment proposed by Vinci Technologies covers specimen preparation tools, routine and advanced rock mechanics testers. An ample range of geo-mechanical properties can be determined under uniaxial and triaxial compression conditions such as rock deformation properties, rock compressive strength and static elastic constants, unconfined compressive strength, indirect tensile strength, acoustic velocity, dynamic elastic constants, rock permeability, rock compressibility, polyaxial compression, hydraulic fracturing and acoustic emission tests.
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