A simple 3-D thermoelastic model for assessment of the long-term performance of the Hijiori deep geothermal reservoir

Yani Jing, Zhenzi Jing, Jonathan Willis-Richards, Toshiyuki Hashida

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Abstract

In order to assess the thermoelastic influence on the long-term performance of hot dry rock (HDR) reservoirs, a simple three-dimensional (3-D) thermoelastic model has been developed based on an assumption of a spherically symmetric volume of cooled rock within reservoir. This model has been incorporated into a 3-D stochastic network model, FRACSIM-3D, which incorporates a fracture network designed to mimic natural fracture distributions as well as stimulation and circulation. The model has been used to evaluate the possible long-term performance of the deep HDR reservoir at Hijiori, Japan. Simulation results showed that thermoelasticity could exert a significant influence on production temperature, injection pressure and water loss. For a multi-well geothermal system, thermoelasticity seemed to have a potential to cause the development of high flow rate/rapidly cooling flow paths (thermal short circuits).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-22
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
Volume269
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

Keywords

  • FRACSIM
  • HDR
  • Hijiori deep reservoir
  • Modeling
  • Thermoelastic effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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