A model of slurry flow in a fracture

D. Eskin, M. J. Miller

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An accurate calculation of slurry flow in a fracture is an important issue for fracture design. A model taking into account particle dynamics on a micro-level has been developed. The model shows that the slurry dynamics, to a significant extent, is governed by particle fluctuations generated in a high shear-rate flow. Particles migrate from high shear-rate zones at the fracture walls towards the fracture centre. Thus, a slurry flow is characterized by non-uniform concentration across a fracture. Low solids concentration near the walls leads to reduction of slurry-wall friction compared to that predicted by a model not taking particle migration into account. Reduction in the friction leads to a significant decrease in the pressure gradient and the net pressure, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-22
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Canadian Petroleum Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes


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