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Numerical Simulation of Hydraulic Fracture Propagation Guided by Single Radial Boreholes

College of Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum, Huadong, Qingdao 266580, China
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Energies 2017, 10(10), 1680; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10101680
Received: 11 September 2017 / Revised: 12 October 2017 / Accepted: 20 October 2017 / Published: 23 October 2017
Conventional hydraulic fracturing is not effective in target oil development zones with available wellbores located in the azimuth of the non-maximum horizontal in-situ stress. To some extent, we think that the radial hydraulic jet drilling has the function of guiding hydraulic fracture propagation direction and promoting deep penetration, but this notion currently lacks an effective theoretical support for fracture propagation. In order to verify the technology, a 3D extended finite element numerical model of hydraulic fracturing promoted by the single radial borehole was established, and the influences of nine factors on propagation of hydraulic fracture guided by the single radial borehole were comprehensively analyzed. Moreover, the term ‘Guidance factor (Gf)’ was introduced for the first time to effectively quantify the radial borehole guidance. The guidance of nine factors was evaluated through gray correlation analysis. The experimental results were consistent with the numerical simulation results to a certain extent. The study provides theoretical evidence for the artificial control technology of directional propagation of hydraulic fracture promoted by the single radial borehole, and it predicts the guidance effect of a single radial borehole on hydraulic fracture to a certain extent, which is helpful for planning well-completion and fracturing operation parameters in radial borehole-promoted hydraulic fracturing technology. View Full-Text
Keywords: radial borehole; hydraulic fracturing; fracture propagation; Abaqus; numerical simulation radial borehole; hydraulic fracturing; fracture propagation; Abaqus; numerical simulation
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Guo, T.; Qu, Z.; Gong, F.; Wang, X. Numerical Simulation of Hydraulic Fracture Propagation Guided by Single Radial Boreholes. Energies 2017, 10, 1680.

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