School of Environmental Science and Engineering

Sanbai Li is a Research Associate Professor of the School of Environmental Science & Engineering at SUSTech. He obtained a Ph.D. in Mechanics from Peking University and served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California Irvine. He has a strong enthusiasm for developing novel codes/algorithms for multi-physics coupling of fractured porous media. Involved scientific problems are gas/liquid fluid-driven fracture propagation, efficient development of unconventional resources (geothermal energy, tight/shale oil/gas, gas hydrate, coal-bed methane, etc.), the evolution of Karst aquifers, and geological sequestration of carbon dioxide.

He serves as Associate Editor in the Editorial Board for SPE Journal. He has published 10+ peer-review, high-impact papers in top journals, including Water Resources Research, SPE Journal, JGR: Solid Earth, and GRL. He serves as a technical reviewer for several journals, such as SPE Journal, AAPG Bulletin, Journal of Hydrology, SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, FUEL, etc. He was awarded as Outstanding Technical Reviewer of Society of Petroleum Engineers’ journals, including SPE Journal (2019, 2021) and SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering (2019). He got the “President Scholarship of Peking University” in 2017.

Personal Profile

Brief Biography
Sanbai Li is a Research Associate Professor of the School of Environmental Science & Engineering at SUSTech. He obtained a PhD in Mechanics from Peking University and served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California Irvine. He has strong enthusiasm for developing novel codes/algorithms for multi-physics coupling of fractured porous media. His research focuses on geological sequestration of carbon dioxide, efficient development of unconventional resources (geothermal energy, tight/shale oil/gas, gas hydrate, coal-bed methane, etc.), evolution of Karst aquifers, and gas/liquid fluid driven fracture propagation.
He is currently an Associate Editor in the Editorial Board of SPE Journal. He has published 10+ peer-reviewed, high-impact papers in top journals, including Geophysical Research Letters, SPE Journal, JGR: Solid Earth, and Water Resources Research. He serves as a technical reviewer for several journals, such as SPE Journal, AAPG Bulletin, Fuel, SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, etc. He was awarded as 2019 Outstanding Technical Reviewer of Society of Petroleum Engineers’ journals, including SPE Journal and SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering. He got the “President Scholarship of Peking University” in 2017.
Education
2013-2017:Ph.D., Mechanics, Peking University
2010-2013:M.S., Groundwater Sciences and Engineering, Beijing Normal University
2006-2010:B.S., Geological Engineering, Central South University
Experience
2020.7-Date:Southern University of Science & Technology, Research Associate Professor
2020.8-Date:Society of Petroleum Engineers, Associate Editor of SPE Journal
2019.7-2020.7:University of California Irvine, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
2017.7-2019.7:Northeastern University (CN), Assistant Professor
2011.9-2013.7:Sinopec, Reservoir Modeling Engineer

Awards and Honors
2019:SPE Outstanding Technical Reviewer Award - SPE Journal
2019:SPE Outstanding Technical Reviewer Award - SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering
2018:Outstanding Reviewer-Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering
2018:Second prize of teaching Basic Skills Competition, Northeastern University (CN)
2017:Present Scholarship of Peking University

Peer-reviewed Papers (* corr-auth)
 Li S. & D. Zhang*, Development of 3-D curved fracture swarms in shale rock driven by rapid fluid pressure buildup: Insights from numerical modeling. Geophysical Research Letters, 2021, 48: e2021GL092638. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GL092638
 Li S., A. Firoozabadi*, & D. Zhang*, Hydromechanical modeling of nonplanar three-dimensional fracture propagation. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 2020, 125 (8): e2020JB020115. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JB020115.
 Li S., Z., Kang, X.-T. Feng, Z., Pan, Huang, X., & Zhang, D.* Three-dimensional hydro-chemical model for dissolutional growth of fractures in karst aquifers, Water Resources Research, 2020, 56 (3): e2019WR025631. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019WR025631
 Fan H., S. Li *, X.-T. Feng, et al. A high-efficiency 3D boundary element method for estimating stress/displacement perturbation of complex fracture networks. Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering, 2020, 187: 106815. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2019.106815
 Li S., X.-T. Feng, D. Zhang*, & H. Tang. Coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical analysis of stimulation and production for fractured geothermal reservoirs, Applied Energy, 2019, 247: 40-59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.04.036
 Li S. & D. Zhang*. How effective is carbon dioxide as an alternative fracturing fluid? SPE Journal, 2019. 02(24): 857-876. https://doi.org/10.2118/194198-PA
 Li S. & D. Zhang*. A fully coupled model for hydraulic fracture growth during multi-well fracturing treatments: enhancing fracture complexity. SPE Production & Operations, 2018. 33 (02): 235-250. https://doi.org/10.2118/182674-PA
 Li S., Zhang, D.* & Li, X. A new approach to the modeling of hydraulic fracturing treatments in naturally fractured reservoirs. SPE Journal, 2017, 22(04): 1064-1081. https://doi.org/10.2118/181828-PA

Li S., X. Li, & D. Zhang *. A fully coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical, three-dimensional model for hydraulic stimulation treatments. Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, 2016, 34: 64-84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2016.06.046
 Li S., S. Wang*, & H. Tang. Fracturing stimulation in enhanced geothermal systems (EGS): State of the art. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2019. (Revision)
 Zheng S., S. Li*, & D. Zhang*. Fluid and heat flow in enhanced geothermal systems considering fracture geometrical and topological complexities: An extended embedded discrete fracture model. Renewable Energy, July 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2021.06.127
Tang H.*, S. Wang, R. Zhang, S. Li, Y.S. Wu, & L. Zhang. Analysis of stress interference among multiple hydraulic fractures using a fully three-dimensional displacement discontinuity method, Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering, 2019, 179: 378-393. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2019.04.050

Research

(1) Geomechanics and hydraulic fracturing

(2) Modeling of gas/liquid fluid-driven fracture propagation

(3) Mechanisms & numerical algorithms for coupled geomechanics and fluid flow within porous media

(4) High-efficient development of unconventional resources, such as geothermal energy, shale oil/gas, gas hydrate, etc.

(5) Modeling of reactive flow through porous media


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1. Li S. & D. Zhang*, Development of 3-D curved fracture swarms in shale rock driven by rapid fluid pressure buildup: Insights from numerical modeling. Geophysical Research Letters, 2021, 48: e2021GL092638.

2. Li S., A. Firoozabadi*, & D. Zhang*, Hydromechanical modeling of nonplanar three-dimensional fracture propagation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 2020, 125(8): e2020JB020115.

3. Li S., Z., Kang, X.-T. Feng, Z., Pan, Huang, X., & Zhang, D.* Three-dimensional hydro-chemical model for dissolutional growth of fractures in karst aquifers, Water Resources Research, 2020, 56 (3): e2019WR025631.

4. Fan H., S. Li*, X.-T. Feng, et al. A high-efficiency 3D boundary element method for estimating stress/displacement perturbation of complex fracture networks. Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering, 2020, 187: 106815.

5. Li S., X.-T. Feng, D. Zhang*, & H. Tang. Coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical analysis of stimulation and production for fractured geothermal reservoirs, Applied Energy, 2019, 247: 40-59

6. Li S. & D. Zhang*. How effective is carbon dioxide as an alternative fracturing fluid? SPE Journal, 2019. 02(24): 857-876

7. Li S. & D. Zhang*. A fully coupled model for hydraulic fracture growth during multi-well fracturing treatments: enhancing fracture complexity. SPE Production & Operations, 2018. 33 (02): 235-250.

8. Li S., D. Zhang* & Li, X. A new approach to the modeling of hydraulic fracturing treatments in naturally fractured reservoirs. SPE Journal, 2017, 22(04): 1064-1081.

9. Li S., X. Li, & D. Zhang*. A fully coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical, three-dimensional model for hydraulic stimulation treatments. Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, 2016, 34: 64-84.

10. Zheng S., S. Li*, & D. Zhang*. Fluid and heat flow in enhanced geothermal systems considering fracture geometrical and topological complexities: An extended embedded discrete fracture model. Renewable Energy, July 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2021.06.127

11. Li S., S. Wang, & H. Tang. Fracturing stimulation in enhanced geothermal systems (EGS): State of the art. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2019. (Revision)

12. Tang H.*, S. Wang, R. Zhang, S. Li, Y.S. Wu, & L. Zhang. Analysis of stress interference among multiple hydraulic fractures using a fully three-dimensional displacement discontinuity method, Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering, 2019, 179: 378-393.

13. Tang H., S. Li, &D. Zhang*. The effect of heterogeneity on hydraulic fracturing in shale. Journal of Petroleum Science & Engineering, 2018, 162: 292-308.

14. Li, X., D. Zhang* & S. Li. A multi-continuum multiple flow mechanism simulator for unconventional oil and gas recovery. Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, 2015, 26: 652-669.

15. Li S. & D. Zhang. A fully coupled model for hydraulic fracture growth during multi-well fracturing treatments: enhancing fracture complexity, SPE Reservoir Simulation Conference, Texas, USA, 2017. SPE-182674-MS.

16. Li S., D. Zhang, & X. Li. A new approach to the modeling of hydraulic fracturing treatments in naturally fractured reservoirs, SPE Asia Pacific Hydraulic Fracturing Conference, Beijing, China, 2016. SPE-181828-MS.

17. Li S., X.-T. Feng, & Z. Pan. 3D numerical analysis using a coupled geomechanics and fluid-heat flow model for heat extraction from enhanced geothermal reservoirs, ISRM 14TH International Conference of Rock Mechanics, Foz do Iguassu, Brazil, 2019.

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