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A Review of Hydraulic Fracturing Simulation

Bin Chen, Beatriz Barboza, Yanan Sun, Jie Bai, Hywel Thomas Orcid Logo, Martin Dutko, Mark Cottrell, Chenfeng Li Orcid Logo

Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering

Swansea University Authors: Bin Chen, Beatriz Barboza, Yanan Sun, Hywel Thomas Orcid Logo, Chenfeng Li Orcid Logo

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Abstract

Along with horizontal drilling techniques, multi-stage hydraulic fracturing has improved shale gas production significantly in past decades. In order to understand the mechanism of hydraulic fracturing and improve treatment designs, it is critical to conduct modelling to predict stimulated fractures...

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Published in: Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering
ISSN: 1134-3060 1886-1784
Published: Springer Science and Business Media LLC 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa58667
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Abstract: Along with horizontal drilling techniques, multi-stage hydraulic fracturing has improved shale gas production significantly in past decades. In order to understand the mechanism of hydraulic fracturing and improve treatment designs, it is critical to conduct modelling to predict stimulated fractures. In this paper, related physical processes in hydraulic fracturing are firstly discussed and their effects on hydraulic fracturing processes are analysed. Then historical and state of the art numerical models for hydraulic fracturing are reviewed, to highlight the pros and cons of different numerical methods. Next, commercially available software for hydraulic fracturing design are discussed and key features are summarised. Finally, we draw conclusions from the previous discussions in relation to physics, method and applications and provide recommendations for further research.
College: College of Engineering
Funders: China Scholarship Council/Swansea University Joint Scholarships Program, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Welsh Government.