School of Earth and Environment

Rob Knipe Prof Rob Knipe

Director: Rock Deformation Research ; Emeritus Professor of Structural Geology

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 35208
Email address: R.J.Knipe@leeds.ac.uk
Room: RDR - ES/SCR

Affiliation: Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics

Rock Deformation Research

Research Interests

Professor Rob Knipe, Director of Fault Seal the Rock Deformation Research Group is concerned with the identification and quantification of deformation processes associated with tectonic events. A recipient of Geological Society awards for his work on deformation processes at fault zones his current research interests, in collaboration with a significant number of hydrocarbon exploration and production companies, includes; permeability barriers and fault sealing; interaction between fluid flow, deformation and mineralisation and the characterisation and evolution of fracture and fault populations.

Publications

  • Pei Y; Paton DA; Knipe RJ (2014) Defining a 3-dimensional trishear parameter space to understand the temporal evolution of fault propagation folds, Journal of Structural Geology, 66, pp.284-297. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2014.05.018
  • Fisher QJ; Harris SD; Casey M; Knipe RJ (2007) Influence of grain size and geothermal gradient on the ductile-to-brittle transition in arenaceous sedimentary rocks: implications for fault structure and fluid flow, Special Publication Geological Society of London, 289, pp.105-121. doi: 10.1144/SP289.7
  • Jolley SJ; Stuart GW; Freeman SR; Knipe RJ; Kershaw D; McAllister E; Barnicoat AC; Tucker R (2007) Progressive evolution of a late orogenic thrust system, from duplex development to extensional reactivation and disruption: Witwatersrand Basin, South Africa, In: Ries; A; Butler; R; Graham; eds R (Ed) Deformation of the Continental Crust: The legacy of Mike Coward, Geological Society of London Special Publication, 272, Bath: Geological Society of London, pp.543-569. doi: 10.1144/GSL.SP.2007.272.01.28
  • Odling NE; Harris SD; Vazsi A; Knipe RJ (2005) Properties of fault damage zones in siliciclastic rocks: a modelling approach, In: Shaw RP (Ed) Understanding the Micro to Macro behaviour of rock-fluid systems, Geological Society of London Special Publication, The Geological Society, pp.43-59.
  • Porter JR; McAllister E; Fisher QJ; Knipe RJ; Condliffe DM; Kay MA; Stylianides G; Sinclair IK (2005) Impact of fault damage zones on reservoir performance in the Hibernia Oilfield (Jeanne d'Arc Basin, Newfoundland): an analysis of structural petrophysical and dynamic well-test data, In: Hiscott R; Pulham A (Ed) Petroleum Resources and Reservoirs of the Grand Banks, Eastern Canadian Margin, Geological Association of Canada Special Paper, 43, Geological Association of Canada, pp.129-142.
  • Baas JH; McCaffrey WD; Knipe RJ (2005) The Deep-Water Architecture Knowledge Base: towards an objective comparison of deep-marine sedimentary systems, Petroleum Geoscience, 11, pp.309-320.
  • Jolley SJ; Freeman SR; Barnicoat AC; Phillips GM; Knipe RJ; Pather A; Fox NPC; Strydom D; Birch MTG; Henderson IHC; Rowland TW (2004) Structural controls on Witwatersrand gold mineralisation, Journal of Structural Geology, 26, pp.pp.10671086. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2003.11.011
  • Odling NE; Harris SD; Knipe RJ (2004) Permeability scaling properties of fault damage zones in siliclastic rocks, Journal of Structural Geology, 26, pp.1727-1747. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2004.02.005
  • Porter JR; McAllister E; Fisher QJ; Knipe RJ; Condliffe DM; Kay MA; Stylianides G; Sinclair IK (2004) Impact of fault damage zones on reservoir performance in the Hibernia Oilfield (Jeanne d'Arc Basin, Newfoundland): An analysis of structural, petrophysical and dynamic well-test data, In: Hiscott R; Pulham A (Ed) Petroleum resources and reservoirs of the great banks, Eastern Canadian Margin, GAC Special Paper, 43, Geological Association of Canada, pp.129-142.
  • Jones G; Williams LS; Knipe RJ (2004) Structural evolution of a complex 3D fault array in the Cretaceous and Tertiary of the Porcupine Basin, offshore Ireland, In: Davies; J R; Cartwright; A J; Stewart; A S; Lappin; M; Underhill; R J (Ed) 3D seismic technology: application to the exploration of sedimentary basins, Geological Society of London Memoirs, 29, London: Geological Society, pp.117-132.
  • Fisher QJ; Casey M; Harris SD; Knipe RJ (2003) Fluid-flow properties of faults in sandstone: The importance of temperature history, Geology, 31, pp.965-968. doi: 10.1130/G19823.1
  • Harris SD; McAllister E; Knipe RJ; Odling NE (2002) Predicting the three-dimensional population characteristics of fault zones: a study using stochastic models, Journal of Structural Geology, 25, pp.1281-1299. doi: 10.1016/S0191-8141(02)00158-X
  • Sperrevik S; Gillespie P; Fisher QJ; Halvorsen T; Knipe RJ (2002) Empirical estimation of fault rock properties, In: Koestler AG; Hunsdale R (Ed) Hydrocarbon seal quantification: papers presented at the Norwegian Petroleum Society Conference, 16-18 October 2000, Stavanger, Norway, Norsk Petroleumsforening Special Publication, Elsevier, pp.109-125.
  • Fisher QJ; Knipe RJ (2001) The permeability of faults within siliciclastic petroleum reservoirs of the North Sea and Norwegian Continental Shelf, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 18, pp.1063-1081. doi: 10.1016/S0264-8172(01)00042-3
  • Fisher QJ; Harris SD; McAllister E; Knipe RJ; Bolton AJ (2001) Hydrocarbon flow across faults by capillary leakage revisited, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 18, pp.251-257. doi: 10.1016/S0264-8172(00)00064-7
  • Pecher R; Harris SD; Knipe RJ; Elliott L; Ingham DB (2001) New formulation of the Green element method to obtain its second-order accuracy in 2D/3D, Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements, 25, pp.211-219. doi: 10.1016/S0955-7997(01)00008-X
  • Fisher QJ; Harris SD; McAllister E; Knipe RJ; Bolton AJ (2001) Hydrocarbon flow across sealing faults: theoretical constraints, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 18, pp.251-257. doi: 10.1016/S0264-8172(00)00064-7
  • Porter JR; Knipe RJ; Fisher QJ; Farmer AB; Allin N; Jones L; Palfrey AJ; Garrett SW; Lewis G (2000) Deformation processes in the Britannia Field, UKCS, Petroleum Geoscience, 6, pp.241-254.
  • Dudley G; Fox R; Krantz R; Lewis S; Cerveny P; Davies R; Knipe RJ; Coffield D; Lockman D (2000) Predicting fault-fluid behaviour and reducing development risks in the Prudhoe Bay Field, Alaska, AAPG Bulletin, 84, pp.pp.866.
  • Fisher QJ; Knipe RJ; Worden RH (2000) Microstructures of deformed and non-deformed sandstones from the North Sea: implications for the origins of quartz cement in sandstones, Quartz cementation in sandstones, 29, pp.129-146.
  • Peacock DCP; Knipe RJ; Sanderson DJ (2000) Glossary of normal faults, Journal of Structural Geology, 22, pp.291-305.
  • Fisher QJ; Casey M; Clennell MB; Knipe RJ (1999) Mechanical compaction of deeply buried sandstones of the North Sea, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 16, pp.605-618. doi: 10.1016/S0264-8172(99)00044-6
  • Harris SD; Elliott L; Knipe RJ (1999) The Pulsed Migration of Hydrocarbons Across Inactive Faults, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 3, pp.151-175.
  • Lesnic D; Elliott L; Ingham DB; Clennell MB; Knipe RJ (1999) The identification of the piecewise homogeneous thermal conductivity of conductors subjected to a heat flow test, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 42, pp.143-152.
  • Lesnic D; Elliott L; Ingham DB; Knipe RJ; Clennell MB (1998) Identification of the hydraulic conductivity of a material in time-dependent diffusion problems: Least-squares finite-difference and energy boundary element solutions, In: Delaunay D; Jarny Y; Woodbury KA (Ed) Inverse Problems in Engineering: Theory and Practice, Engineering Foundation, ASME, pp.347-355.
  • Barnicoat AC; Jolley SJ; Knipe RJ; Freeman SR; Phillips GM; McAllister E (1998) Structural geology - what it can do for you, Exploration & Mining Geology, 1, pp.12-14.
  • Ottesen Elleveset O; Knipe RJ; Svava Olsen T; Fisher QJ; Jones G (1998) Fault controlled communication in the Sleipner Vest Field, Norwegian Continental Shelf: detailed quantitative input for reservoir simulation and well planning, In: Jones; G; Fisher; J Q; Knipe; J R (Ed) Faulting and fault sealing and fluid flow in hydrocarbon reservoirs, Geological Society Special Publication, 147, London: Geological Society, pp.283-297.
  • Jones G; Fisher QJ; Knipe RJ (1998) Faulting and fault sealing and fluid flow in hydrocarbon reservoirs, Geological Society Special Publication, London: Geological Society.
  • Lesnic D; Elliott L; Ingham DB; Knipe RJ; Clennell MB (1998) An inverse problem to determine the piecewise homogeneous hydraulic conductivity within rocks, In: Jones; G; Fisher; J Q; Knipe; J R (Ed) Faulting, Sealing and Fluid Flow in Hydrocarbon Reservoirs, Geological Society Special Publication, 147, London: Geological Society, pp.261-268.
  • Fisher QJ; Knipe RJ (1998) Fault sealing processes in siliciclastic sediments, Faulting and fault sealing in hydrocarbon reservoirs, 147, pp.117-134.
  • Knipe RJ; Jones G; Fisher QJ (1998) Faulting, fault sealing and fluid flow in hydrocarbon reservoirs: an introduction, In: Jones; G; Fisher; J Q; Knipe; J R (Ed) Faulting and fault sealing and fluid flow in hydrocarbon reservoirs, Geological Society Special Publication, 147, London: Geological Society, pp.vii-xxi.
  • Peacock DCP; Jones G; Knipe RJ; McAllister E; Sanderson DJ (1998) Large lateral ramps in the Eocene Valkyr shear zone: extensional ductile faulting controlled by plutonism in southern British Columbia: Discussion, Journal of Structural Geology, 20, pp.487-488.
  • Knai TA; Knipe RJ (1998) The impact of faults on fluid flow in the Heidrun Field, In: Jones G; Fisher QJ; Knipe RJ (Ed) Faulting and fault sealing and fluid flow in hydrocarbon reservoirs, Geological Society Special Publication, 147, Geological Society of London, pp.269-282.
  • Barnicoat AC; Henderson IHC; Knipe RJ; Yardley BWD; Napier RW; Fox NPC; Kenyon AK; Muntingh DJ; Strydom D; Winkler KS; Lawrence SR; Cornford C (1997) Hydrothermal gold mineralization in the Witwatersrand basin, Nature, 386, pp.820-824.
  • Lesnic D; Elliott L; Ingham DB; Clennell MB; Knipe RJ (1997) A mathematical model and numerical investigation for determining the hydraulic conductivity of rocks, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 34, pp.741-759.
  • Knipe RJ; Fisher QJ; Jones G; Clennell MB; Farmer AB; Harrison A; Kidd B; McAllister E; Porter JR; White EA (1997) Fault seal analysis: successful methodologies, applications and future directions, In: Moller-Pederson P; Koestler AG (Ed) Hydrocarbon seals: importance for exploration and production, Norwegian Petroleum Society Special Publication, 7, Elsevier, pp.15-40.
  • Knipe RJ (1997) Juxtaposition and seal diagrams to help analyze fault seals in hydrocarbon reservoirs, AAPG Bulletin, 81, pp.187-195.
  • Leveille GP; Knipe RJ; More C; Ellis D; Dudley G; Jones G; Fisher QJ; Allinson G (1997) Compartmentalisation of Rotliegendes gas reservoirs by sealing faults, Jupiter Fields Area, Southern North Sea, In: Ziegler; K; Turner; P; Daines; R S (Ed) Petroleum geology of the Southern North Sea: future potential, Geological Society of London Special Publication, 123, Bath: Geological Society Publishing House, pp.87-104.
  • Jones G; Knipe RJ (1996) Seismic attribute maps: application to structural interpretation and fault seal analysis in the North Sea Basin, First Break, 14, pp.449-461.
  • Fisher QJ; Harris SD; Casey M; Knipe RJ (Accepted) The ductile-to-brittle transition in sandstone: the influence of burial rate, geothermal gradient and grain-size, Geological Society of London Special Publication, .