Modelling of transport of two proppant-laden immiscible power-law fluids through an expanding fracture

Alexander Lakhtychkin, Dmitry Eskin, Oleg Vinogradov

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Abstract

Hydraulic fracturing technology is one of the most popular and efficient reservoir stimulation techniques in oil and gas industry since it allows significant increase of the hydrocarbon production rate. A possible advancement of this technology involves consequent pumping of several immiscible fluids laden with solid particles (proppant) into a fracture. This technique has a potential for better control of the proppant placement and, thus, a better control of the fracture shape. The major result of the present work is a mathematical model and a computational code for investigation of a flow of two immiscible slurries inside an expanding fracture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)528-543
Number of pages16
JournalCanadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
Volume90
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hydraulic fracturing
  • Immiscible non-Newtonian fluids
  • Proppant placement control
  • Proppant transport

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