Numerical Analysis on the Stability of Hydraulic Fracture Propagation
AbstractThe formation of dense spacing fracture network is crucial to the hydraulic fracturing treatment of unconventional reservoir. However, one difficulty for fracturing treatment is the lack of clear understanding on the nature of fracture complexity created during the treatment. In this paper, fracture propagation is numerically investigated to find the conditions needed for the stable propagation of complex fracture network. Firstly, starting from a parallel fracture system, the stability of fracture propagation is analyzed and a dimensionless number M is obtained. Then, by developing a hydraulic fracturing simulation model based on displacement discontinuity method, the propagation of parallel fractures is simulated and a clear relation between M and the stability of parallel fractures is obtained. Finally, the investigation on parallel fractures is extended to complex fracture networks. The propagation of complex fracture networks is simulated and the results show that the effects of M on complex fracture networks is the same to that of parallel fractures. The clear relation between M and fracture propagation stability is important for the optimization of hydraulic fracturing operation. View Full-Text
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Zhang, Z.; Li, X.; He, J.; Wu, Y.; Zhang, B. Numerical Analysis on the Stability of Hydraulic Fracture Propagation. Energies 2015, 8, 9860-9877.
Zhang Z, Li X, He J, Wu Y, Zhang B. Numerical Analysis on the Stability of Hydraulic Fracture Propagation. Energies. 2015; 8(9):9860-9877.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zhang, Zhaobin; Li, Xiao; He, Jianming; Wu, Yanfang; Zhang, Bo. 2015. "Numerical Analysis on the Stability of Hydraulic Fracture Propagation." Energies 8, no. 9: 9860-9877.