Shale Engineering: Mechanics and Mechanisms

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Shale makes up about three-fourths of drilled formations. Even though the engineering properties of shale have been studied for several decades, shale engineering is still prone to unexpected instabilities and delays, representing a serious problem for the petroleum, mining and civil engineering industry. Distinct characteristics of shale make it exceptionally difficult to work with; three categories of potential stability problems in shale are mechanical problems, chemical reactivity and swelling, and thermal stimulation. When a number of these problems occur simultaneously, finding an optimized solution becomes even more challenging.

Shale Engineering provides an integrative engineering approach to work towards practical solutions in handling shale. Accordingly, shale is defined and described from both an engineering and geological point of view. Elasticity and poroelasticity concepts, shale’s response to temperature changes, and finally chemical properties of shale and the impact thereof on the rock’s behavior are discussed in detail.

In addressing the engineering aspects and parameters related to chemical, mechanical and thermal properties and integrating them into engineering models that can be applied in deep engineering projects, mining and other civil works, this book will serve as a reference to model designers and engineers working with shale in the petroleum industry and elsewhere. It is also suited for use in academic and professional courses in petroleum, mining, geological and civil engineering and drilling.

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About the Author:

Mohammad Reza Asef obtained his BSc degree from Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman in Iran, an MSc in Engineering geology from ITC-Delft in the Netherlands, and a PhD from the University of Nottingham in the UK. Currently, he is assistant professor in Engineering Geology at Tarbiat Moallem University in Tehran, Iran. He is an active researcher and student supervisor in a variety of topics, including applications of rock mechanics, drilling, completion and reservoir evaluation in the petroleum industry.

Mohsen Farrokhrouz obtained his BSc degree from Tehran University in Iran, his MEng in Petroleum Well Engineering from Curtin University of Technology in Australia, and his MSc in Petroleum Drilling Engineering from Petroleum University of Technology in Iran. He is currently working as a well engineer at South Zagros Oil and Gas Production Co, affiliated to NIOC. He is active in various research fields such as application of rock mechanics in petroleum engineering and logging. His work experience covers workover operations, especially wireline services and log running in producing wells, log interpretation and petroleum exploitation.


Shale Engineering: Mechanics and Mechanisms is an authoritative monograph written by M. Farrokhrouz and M.R. Asef. These two specialists base their treatise on lots of practical experience with drilling in shale formations. Farrokhrouz works at the National Iranian Oil Company and Asef is an academic from the Department of Geology, Kharazmi University, Iran. Their combined approach resulted in a truly outstanding book.

Dr. R. Weijermars, Geomechanics, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

The proposed work [...] covers all important aspects of shale reservoir productivity [...] I cannot think of a better choice of reservoir engineering topics relevant to shale engineering! [...] Shale reservoirs are significantly more complex than conventional sandstones or carbonates. Therefore, the monograph contains several complex topics that are difficult for a practical engineer to read but that are absolutely necessary for successful shale field development. [...] an excellent introduction to reservoir engineering of shale gas and oil reservoirs.

Pavel Bedrikovetsky, Professor of Petroleum Engineering, Australian School of Petroleum, The University of Adelaide, Australia


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