Journal article

Numerical simulation of foam-based hydraulic fracturing to optimise perforation spacing and to investigate effect of dip angle on hydraulic fracturing

WAM Wanniarachchi, PG Ranjith, JC Li, MSA Perera

JOURNAL OF PETROLEUM SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING | ELSEVIER | Published : 2019

Abstract

Foam-based hydraulic fracturing has been identified as a promising technique to extract unconventional natural gases such as shale gas and tight gas. However, due to the complex two-phase nature of foam, its use has been limited to a few field-scale applications. Therefore, precise understanding of foam-based hydraulic fracturing is essential in order to optimise fracture treatment processes. The aim of this numerical study is therefore to develop new models to predict and evaluate foam-based hydraulic fracturing. In order to achieve this, two models were developed: 1) a 3-D model to simulate the effect of perforation spacing and 2) a 2-D model to simulate the effect of dip angle on hydrauli..

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