Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Mark McClure

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Assistant Professor

Phone: (512) 471-5789
Office: CPE 4.118B

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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:

Outstanding Service as a Technical Editor for SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, 2014

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

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

Highlighted Publications:

McClure, M. W., M. Babazadeh, S. Shiozawa, and J. Huang (2015, accepted), Fully coupled hydromechanical simulation of hydraulic fracturing in three-dimensional discrete fracture networks, SPE 170956, paper to be presented at the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference, The Woodlands, TX.

McClure, M. W., and R. N. Horne (2014), An investigation of stimulation mechanism in Enhanced Geothermal Systems, International Journal of Rock Mechanics & Mining Sciences, 72, 242-260, doi: 10.1016/j.ijrmms.2014.07.011.

McClure, M. W., C. A. J. Blyton, H. Jung, and M. M. Sharma (2014), The effect of changing fracture compliance on pressure transient behavior during diagnostic fracture injection tests, SPE 170956, paper presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Li, T., S. Shiozawa, and M. McClure (2014), Thermal breakthrough calculations to optimize design of a multiple-stage Enhanced Geothermal System, Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 38.

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. (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.

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.

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.

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.