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Daniel Tartakovsky awarded by France-Stanford Center For Interdisciplinary Studies

The energy resources engineering professor is collaborating with the Geosciences Department at the University of Montpellier to study how newly developed subsurface temperature experiments can improve our ability to identify major fractures and estimate their properties. 

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Energy resources engineering professor Daniel Tartakovsky has received funding to analyze major rock fractures and estimate their properties based on newly developed subsurface temperatures. Learn more about the project and other 2019-20 recipients on the France-Stanford Center For Interdisciplinary Studies website.

Project summary

Fractured rocks play central role in a wide variety of environmental fields including hydrogeology, geothermal energy, hydrocarbon extraction, and long-term storage of toxic waste. In these and other applications, the presence of fractures has dramatic consequences because they form highly permeable structures that can both help to extract the resource and lead to a faster and further migration of subsurface pollutants. We will evaluate how newly developed subsurface temperature experiments can improve our ability to identify major fractures and estimate their properties. This requires a combination of environmental, mathematical, physical, and computer science expertise with a special focus on the optimization of numerical models and the development of inversion strategies that are well suited for heat transport processes in fractured rocks. To this end, we will strengthen the existing interdisciplinary collaboration between Geosciences Department at University of Montpellier and Department Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. We plan mutual visits of the coordinators, collaborators, and graduate students. This is a great opportunity to tackle current environmental and societal challenges and to facilitate the training of the graduate students involved in the project.

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Danielle T. Tucker

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability

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