Frictional Heating of Fault Surfaces Due to Seismic Slip: Experimental Studies on the Hematite to Magnetite Transition and Federal and Private Landownership's Effect on Oil and Gas Drilling and Production in the Southwestern Wyoming Checkerboard
Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
James P. Evans
This report is a two-part presentation of research within in the fields of rock mechanics and natural resource economics. The first chapter addresses the use of iron oxide oxidation state and thus mineral transitions as a method for determining the frictional temperature rise achieved during an earthquake. Experimental literature on the hematite to magnetite transition is reviewed. Magnetite from transformed or reacted hematite forms between 300-1240 °C. Design and experimental results for a rotary shear apparatus in which hematite is deformed are reported. The measured coefficient of friction for synthetic hematite gouge is 0.38 ±0.03. The second chapter is an investigation of oil and gas production outcomes between federal and private land using a randomized treatment of land ownership. The data comprises oil and gas well drilling and production records located in the railroad land checkerboard, southwestern Wyoming. Spatial and graphical analysis of production and drilling records reveal that federal mineral leases are developed systemically later than private land.
Jenkins, David W., "Frictional Heating of Fault Surfaces Due to Seismic Slip: Experimental Studies on the Hematite to Magnetite Transition and Federal and Private Landownership's Effect on Oil and Gas Drilling and Production in the Southwestern Wyoming Checkerboard" (2016). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 791.