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Application of Bionic Technologies on the Fracturing Plug

PetroChina Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development, Beijing 100083, China
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Biomimetics 2019, 4(4), 78; https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics4040078
Received: 26 June 2019 / Revised: 2 November 2019 / Accepted: 3 December 2019 / Published: 5 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from ICBE2019)
The dissolvable bridge plug is one of the most important tools for multi-stage hydraulic fracturing in the field of oil/gas development. The plug provides zonal isolation to realize staged stimulation and, after fracturing, the plug is fully dissolved in produced liquids. A bionic surface was introduced to improve the performance of the plug. Surface dimples in the micron dimension were prepared on the dissolvable materials of the plug. The experimental results showed that the surface dimples changed the hydrophilic and hydrophobic properties of the dissolvable materials. The dissolution rate has a great relation with the parameters of the dimples and can be controlled by choosing the dimples’ parameters to some degree. View Full-Text
Keywords: fracturing; dissolvable bridge plug; surface dimple; dissolution rate fracturing; dissolvable bridge plug; surface dimple; dissolution rate
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Chen, L.; Wei, R.; Wei, S.; Wang, X. Application of Bionic Technologies on the Fracturing Plug. Biomimetics 2019, 4, 78.

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