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Ph.D. in Geomechanics,  Dept. Energy and Minearl  Engineering, Penn State University, U.S. (July, 2015)

M.S. in Petroleum Engineering, Dept. Energy and Minearl Engineering, Penn State University, U.S. (May, 2012)

B.S. in Petroleum Engineering, China University of Geosciences Beijing, China (June, 2010)


Research Interests

Continuum Coupled thermal-hydrological-mechanical-chemical modeling applied in fractured reservoir, including geothermal reservoir, shale gas.

Fracture modeling topics including initiation and propagation.

Experimental rock mechanics including fracture initiation, gas adsorption in CBM, gas shale, fault frictional behavior.

Black oil / compositional multiphase fluid flow simulation.

Discontinuum granular modeling for fracture damage and fault frictional behavior.


My current collaboration include,

Geomechanics team in T.N.O Netherlands,

Derek Elsworth, PSU

Yixin Zhao, CUMTB

Dr. Wu Kejian, Dr. Zhou Yingfang

Prof. Andrew Hurst: Sand injectite problem



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Contributions to Journals


  • Yuan, X., Yao, Y., Gan, Q., Liu, D. & Zhou, Z. (2018). 'TOUGH-FLAC3D热流固耦合模拟煤储层水力压裂过程'. Oil and Gas Geology, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 611-619.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.11743/ogg20180319
  • Hu, Y., Gan, Q., Hurst, A. & Elsworth, D. (2018). 'Evolution of permeability in sand injectite systems'. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, vol. 106, pp. 176-189.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrmms.2018.04.018
  • Li, Y., Zhang, C., Tang, D., Gan, Q., Niu, X., Wang, K. & Shen, R. (2017). 'Coal pore size distributions controlled by the coalification process: An experimental study of coals from the Junggar, Ordos and Qinshui basins in China'. Fuel, vol. 206, pp. 352-363.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2017.06.028
  • Liu, J., Liu, D., Cai, Y., Gan, Q. & Yao, Y. (2017). 'Effects of water saturation on P-wave propagation in fractured coals: An experimental perspective'. Journal of Applied Geophysics, vol. 144, pp. 94-103.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jappgeo.2017.07.001
  • Huang, S., Liu, D., Yao, Y., Gan, Q., Cai, Y. & Xu, L. (2017). 'Natural fractures initiation and fracture type prediction in coal reservoir under different in-situ stresses during hydraulic fracturing'. Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, vol. 43, pp. 69-80.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2017.03.022
  • Gan, Q. & Elsworth, D. (2016). 'Production optimization in fractured geothermal reservoirs by coupled discrete fracture network modeling'. Geothermics, vol. 62, pp. 131-142.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geothermics.2016.04.009
    [Online] AURA: Production_Optimization_in_Fractured_Geothermal_Reservoirs_m...
  • Gan, Q. & Elsworth, D. (2016). 'A continuum model for coupled stress and fluid flow in discrete fracture networks'. Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 43-61.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40948-015-0020-0
    [Online] AURA: art_3A10.1007_2Fs40948_015_0020_0.pdf
  • Gan, Q., Elsworth, D., Alpern, JS., Marone, C. & Connolly, P. (2015). 'Breakdown pressures due to infiltration and exclusion in finite length boreholes'. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, vol. 127, pp. 329-337.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.petrol.2015.01.011
  • Gan, Q. & Elsworth, D. (2014). 'Thermal drawdown and late‐stage seismic‐slip fault reactivation in enhanced geothermal reservoirs'. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, vol. 119, no. 12, pp. 8936-8949.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/2014JB011323
  • Gan, Q. & Elsworth, D. (2014). 'Analysis of fluid injection‐induced fault reactivation and seismic slip in geothermal reservoirs'. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, vol. 119, no. 4, pp. 3340-3353.
    [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/2013JB010679
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