Derek Elsworth

Affiliate Researcher
Titles and Affiliations
Professor, John and Willie Leone Department of Energy & Mineral Engineering (EME)

Research Summary

Computational mechanics, rock mechanics, groundwater hydrology, mathematical modeling, poromechanics, coupled processes, contaminant hydrology, mining engineering, petroleum engineering and fracture hydrology with applications to geothermal energy; the de

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Recent Publications

A multi-layer nanocased model to explain the U-shaped evolution of shale gas permeability at constant confining pressure

Cheng, W., Cui, G., Tan, Y., Elsworth, D., Wang, C., Yang, C., Chen, T. & Jiang, C., Mar 1 2024, In: Fuel. 359, 130478.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Feasibility and prospects of symbiotic storage of CO2 and H2 in shale reservoirs

Hou, L., Elsworth, D., Wang, J., Zhou, J. & Zhang, F., Jan 2024, In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 189, 113878.

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Shale gas production evaluation considering gas diffusion and dispersed distribution of kerogen

Huang, Y., Liu, J., Gao, Q., Elsworth, D. & Leong, Y. K., Jan 18 2024, In: Energy and Fuels. 38, 2, p. 1083-1097 15 p.

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Evolution of pore systems in low-maturity oil shales during thermal upgrading —Quantified by dynamic SEM and machine learning

Liu, J., Bai, X. & Elsworth, D., 2024, (Accepted/In press) In: Petroleum Science.

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Assessment of Pore Connectivity and Representative Elementary Volume Size in Marine-Continental Transitional Shale

Xie, J., Li, Y., Elsworth, D. & Pan, Z., Jan 4 2024, In: Energy and Fuels. 38, 1, p. 341-355 15 p.

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Influence of mineral composition on thermal equilibrium state during laser perforation

Yang, X., Nie, A., Si, F., Elsworth, D. & Zhou, J., Apr 2024, In: Optics and Laser Technology. 171, 110435.

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Mechanisms of stress- and fluid-pressure-driven fault reactivation in Gonghe granite: Implications for injection-induced earthquakes

Zhang, C., Fan, D., Elsworth, D., He, M., Zhao, X., Zhu, C. & Zhang, H., Feb 2024, In: International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences. 174, 105642.

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Modes of multi-mechanistic gas diffusion in shale matrix at varied effective stresses: Observations and analysis

Chen, T. Y., Hao, Y. Y., Elsworth, D., Zhang, H. M., Hu, Z. M. & Cui, G. L., Oct 2023, In: Petroleum Science. 20, 5, p. 2908-2920 13 p.

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Frictional stability and permeability evolution of fractures subjected to repeated cycles of heating-and-quenching: granites from the Gonghe Basin, northwest China

Cui, L., Zhang, F., An, M., Zhuang, L., Elsworth, D. & Zhong, Z., Dec 2023, In: Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources. 9, 1, 18.

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Earthquake Delay and Rupture Velocity in Near-Field Dynamic Triggering Dictated by Stress-Controlled Nucleation

Dong, P., Chen, R., Xia, K., Yao, W., Peng, Z. & Elsworth, D., Mar 1 2023, In: Seismological Research Letters. 94, 2 A, p. 913-924 12 p.

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Laboratory earthquakes decipher control and stability of rupture speeds

Dong, P., Xia, K., Xu, Y., Elsworth, D. & Ampuero, J. P., Dec 2023, In: Nature communications. 14, 1, 2427.

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Spatial–Temporal Evolution and Countermeasures for Coal and Gas Outbursts Represented as a Dynamic System

Fan, C., Xu, L., Elsworth, D., Luo, M., Liu, T., Li, S., Zhou, L. & Su, W., Sep 2023, In: Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. 56, 9, p. 6855-6877 23 p.

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A multiphysics model for biogenic gas extraction from coal seams

Gao, Q., Liu, J., Zhao, Y., Wei, M., Leong, Y. K. & Elsworth, D., Sep 2023, In: Geoenergy Science and Engineering. 228, 212045.

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A Review of Swelling Effect on Shale Permeability: Assessments and Perspectives

Gao, Q., Liu, J., Leong, Y. K. & Elsworth, D., Mar 2 2023, In: Energy and Fuels. 37, 5, p. 3488-3500 13 p.

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Precursory predictors of the onset of stick-slip frictional instability

Gu, L., Hao, S. & Elsworth, D., Mar 1 2023, In: International Journal of Solids and Structures. 264, 112119.

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