I. Hydraulic fracture propagation in the presence of natural fractures
- Modeling hydraulic fracture geometry in the presence of natural fractures (Figures 1 and 2)
- Identification of the principal parameters affecting fracturepropagation in the presence of natural fractures
- Development of proxy models to predict hydraulic/natural fracture dimensions using design of simulated experiments and a finite element simulator
II. Experimental and theoretical investigation into propped fracture conductivity in low and high permeability environments
- The development of a pseudo-generalized model for fracture conductivity using factorial designs.
- Develop a theoretical model for the displacement of fracture fluid from the fracture.
- Scale up of experimentally determined fracture conductivity values to field fracture conductivity values.
- Initial work towards the development of the generalized conductivity model is as shown in Figure 3. This correlation is for tight gas reservoirs.
- Awoleke, O. O., Zhu, D., & Hill, A. D. 2016. New Propped-Fracture-Conductivity Models for Tight Gas Sands. SPE J 21 (4). https://doi.org/10.2118/179743-PA
- Nikam, A., Awoleke, O. O. and Ahmadi, M. 2016. Modeling the Interaction Between Natural and Hydraulic Fractures Using Three Dimensional Finite Element Analysis. Presented at the SPE Western Regional Meeting, Anchorage, Alaska, 23-26 May. SPE-180364 http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/180364-MS
Contact: Dr. Dare Awoleke