Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Committee Chair

Hema J Siriwardane


In the current study the pressure transient behavior of various coal samples was investigated by using the finite element approach. Finite element analyses were performed on fourteen coal samples with different physical dimensions. Two pressure transients, namely Sine-6 and A-Spike pressure pulses, were used in the research study. Fluid compressibility values of CO2 and Argon were used to perform the analyses. A fracture width of 1mm was considered for each sample to investigate the influence of fluid type on coal permeability. The influence of elastic modulus of coal sample, fracture porosity, fracture width, and fluid compressibility were investigated. The finite element analyses for each sample were performed in two different ways: (a) without considering a fracture in the coal sample and (b) considering a fracture in the coal sample. The permeability of each sample was determined by comparing numerical results with available experimental data.;The calibrated finite element models were extended to determine the permeability of fractured coal samples. The numerically determined fracture permeability is much higher than the reported permeability values obtained by assuming a homogeneous medium. The results obtained from the numerical models compare well with the available experimental data on coal permeability.