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Growth by Optimization of Work (GROW): A new modeling tool that predicts fault growth through work minimization

McBeck, Jessica, Elizabeth H. Madden, and Michele L. Cooke (2016), Growth by Optimization of Work (GROW): A new modeling tool that predicts fault growth through work minimization, Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, 88, 142-151, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2015.12.019.

Abstract
Growth by Optimization of Work (GROW) is a new modeling tool that automates fracture initiation, propagation, interaction, and linkage. GROW predicts fracture growth by finding the propagation path and fracture geometry that optimizes the global external work of the system. This implementation of work optimization is able to simulate more complex paths of fracture growth than energy release rate methods. In addition, whereas a Coulomb stress analysis determines two conjugate planes of potential failure, GROW identifies a single failure surface for each increment of growth. GROW also eliminates ambiguity in determining whether shear or tensile failure will occur at a fracture tip by assessing both modes of failure by the same propagation criterion. Here we describe the underlying algorithm of the program and present GROW models of two propagating faults separated by a releasing step. The dis- cretization error of these models demonstrates that GROW can predict fault propagation paths within the numerical uncertainty produced by discretization. Model element size moderately influences the pro- pagation paths, however, the final fault geometry remains similar between models with significantly different element sizes. The propagation power of the fault system, calculated from the change in work due to fault propagation, indicates when model faults interact through both soft- and hard-linkage.
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BibTeX
@article{id2246,
  author = {Jessica McBeck and Elizabeth H. Madden and Michele L. Cooke},
  journal = {Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth},
  pages = {142-151},
  title = {{Growth by Optimization of Work (GROW): A new modeling tool that predicts fault growth through work minimization}},
  volume = {88},
  year = {2016},
  language = {en},
  url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2015.12.019},
  doi = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2015.12.019},
}
EndNote
%0 Journal Article
%A McBeck, Jessica
%A Madden, Elizabeth H.
%A Cooke, Michele L.
%D 2016
%V 88
%J Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth
%P 142-151
%T Growth by Optimization of Work (GROW): A new modeling tool that predicts fault growth through work minimization
%U http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2015.12.019
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