This Note presents experimental results for the near-tip fracture opening of fluid-driven fractures. The effect of fluid viscosity, quantified by a dimensionless parameter, was varied between tests. The tip region closely followed the classical square-root behavior from linear elastic fracture mechanics when the viscosity parameter was small. Conversely, when the viscosity parameter was of order one and the lag between the fluid-filled region and the fracture front accounted for less than 30% of the fracture, the tip region behaved according to a known intermediate asymptotic solution which results from the solid/fluid coupling. To cite this article: A.P. Bunger et al., C. R. Mecanique 333 (2005). Crown
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The authors wish to acknowledge funding from the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP), CSIRO Petroleum, the Theodore Bennett Chair, and Schlumberger.
- Fracture mechanics
- Hydraulic fracture