Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Mark McClure

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Assistant Professor

Phone: (512) 471-5789
Office: CPE 4.168A

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Research Areas: Natural Gas Engineering; Reservoir Engineering; Unconventional Resources

Educational Qualifications:

Ph.D., Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University, 2012

M.S., Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University, 2009

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2009

PGE Courses:

PGE 382K (Theory and Application of Reservoir Transients)

PGE 312 (Physical and Chemical Behavior of Fluids I)


My research is focused on modeling and characterization in three complementary areas: hydraulic stimulation of shale gas reservoirs, hydraulic stimulation of geothermal reservoirs, and induced seismicity. I develop unique modeling tools designed to better describe the physical processes taking place during these complex processes. Objectives of my research are to develop better physical understanding of fundamental processes, to develop improved modeling techniques and tools, to develop improved methodologies for determining induced seismicity hazard, and to develop practical techniques that could be used in the field to improve economic performance and mitigate risk.

Awards & Honors:

Best paper in GEOPHYSICS from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 2011

Hank Ramey Award for Outstanding Research and Service to the Department from the Stanford Department of Energy Resources Engineering, 2012

Highlighted Publications:

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2014), Correlations between formation properties and induced seismicity during high pressure injection into granitic rock, Engineering Geology, 175, 74-80, doi: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2014.03.015.

McClure, M. W. (2014), Diagnostic fracture injection tests with complex fracture networks, The Leading Edge, 33(5), 546-548, doi: 10.1190/tle33050546.1.

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2014), Characterizing hydraulic fracturing with a tendency-for-shear-stimulation test, SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, SPE 166332, 17(2), 233-243, doi: 10.2118/166332-PA.

McClure, M. W. (2013), Understanding, diagnosing, and modeling causes of fracture network complexity in unconventional reservoirs, The Leading Edge, 32(12), 1494-1500, doi: 10.1190/tle32121494.1.

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2013), Discrete Fracture Network Modeling of Hydraulic Stimulation: Coupling Flow and Geomechanics, SpringerBriefs in Earth Sciences, Springer International Publishing, Heidelberg, Germany, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-00383-2.

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2011), Investigation of injection-induced seismicity using a coupled fluid flow and rate/state friction model, Geophysics, 76(6), WC181-WC198, doi: 10.1190/​geo2011-0064.1.

McClure, M. W. (2014), The potential effect of network complexity on recovery of injected fluid following hydraulic fracturing, SPE 168991, paper presented at the SPE Unconventional Resources Conference - USA, The Woodlands, TX.

Shiozawa, S., and M. McClure (2014), EGS designs with horizontal wells, multiple stages, and proppant, paper presented at the Thirty-Ninth Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford, CA.

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2013), Conditions required for shear stimulation in EGS, paper presented at the 2013 European Geothermal Congress, Pisa, Italy.

McClure, M. W., and M. D. Zoback (2013), Computational investigation of trends in initial shut-in pressure during multi-stage hydraulic stimulation in the Barnett Shale, paper prepared for presentation at the 47th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, San Francisco, CA.

Zoback, M., A. Kohli, I. Das, and M. McClure (2012), The importance of slow slip on faults during hydraulic fracturing stimulation of shale gas reservoirs, SPE 155476, paper presented at the SPE Americas Unconventional Resources Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, doi:10.2118/155476-MS.