A Quick Method To Determine Subsidence, Reservoir Compaction, and In-Situ Stress Induced by Reservoir Depletion Academic Article uri icon


  • A method is presented to determine subsidence, compaction, and in-situ stress induced by pore-pressure change. The method is useful for a reservoir whose Young's modulus is less than 20% or greater than 150% of the Young's modulus of the surrounding formation (where the conventional uniaxial strain assumption may not hold). In this work, a parameter study was conducted to find groups of parameters controlling the in-situ stress, subsidence, and compaction. These parameter groups were used to analyze the numerical calculation results generated by a three-dimensional (3D), general, nonlinear, finite-element model (FEM). The procedure and a set of figures showing how to calculate the in-situ stress, subsidence, and compaction induced by pore-pressure changes are provided. Example problems are also included to prevent confusion on sign convention and units.

author list (cited authors)

  • Morita, N., Whitfill, D. L., Nygaard, O., & Bale, A.

citation count

  • 29

publication date

  • January 1989