Experimental and modeling evaluation of proppant transport in complex fractures
Hydraulic fracturing (HF) is widely used to stimulate and produce hydrocarbons from both conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Hydraulic fracturing creates thin but long fractures that frequently connect to pre-existing natural fractures or newly created micro-fractures resulting from the HF process in the formation; thus, creating a complex fracture network. The transport, placement, and distribution of the proppant in these complex fractures is dependent on the proppant type, size, density, the fluid viscosity and the slurry injection rate. The fracturing fluid and the proppants affect ...
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