Introduction to this special section: Geomechanics

Thomas Finkbeiner, Arpita P. Bathija

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The term "geomechanics"means different things to different people. We assert that in the petroleum industry the broad consensus for a definition would probably be something like this: Geomechanics is the discipline that investigates rock mechanical behavior in the subsurface (i.e., at the wellbore wall, the overburden, cap rock, and/or the reservoir) under present-day in-situ stress and pore pressure conditions or those changed through human activity/intervention (e.g., production, injection, stimulation) during the life of a well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)792
Number of pages1
JournalLeading Edge
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2021


  • geomechanics
  • mechanical behavior
  • optimization
  • subsurface rocks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geology


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