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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


  • Hu, Y., Gan, Q., Hurst, A. & Elsworth, D. 'Evolution of permeability in sand injectite systems'. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, vol 106, pp. 176-189.
    [Online] DOI: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 10.1002/2013JB010679

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Conference Proceedings

  • Elsworth, D., Fang, Y., Gan, Q., Im, KJ., Ishibashi, T. & Guglielmi, Y. (2016). Induced seismicity in the development of EGS—benefits and drawbacks. in J Zhao (ed.), Rock Dynamics: From Research to Engineering : Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications, ROCDYN 2016. CRC Press/Balkema, pp. 13-24, 2nd International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications, ROCDYN 2016, Suzhou, China, 18-19 May.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1201/b21378-4
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