14-17 May 2018
New Orleans
US/Central timezone

Theoretical foundation of fracture permeability to analyse the flow in channel fracturing based on Navier-Stokes equation

14 May 2018, 15:37
2m
New Orleans

New Orleans

Poster + 3 Minute Pitch MS 4.25: Transport Processes Controlling Unconventional Reservoir Production Performance Parallel 2-E

Speaker

Dr Guoqing XU (Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development(RIPED), PetroChina,)

Description

Channel fracturing, as a novel technology, has reveived increasing attention in recent years due to its great advantage in promoting the fracture conducitivity as well as reducing consumtion of water and proppant. The open channels created by heterogeneous distribution of proppant are the priority path for oil or gas to pass instead of the pores exist in proppant pack. Since the flow pattern has been changed from Darcy flow to the flow mode dominated by Navier-stokes percolation by this technique, traditional method to calculate and predict its permeabity may not that accurate and appropriate. So this full paper presents a new model to measure the flow capacity of channel fracturing combined with a power law embedment model. The new approach is based on Navier-Stokes equation instead of Darcy-law to compute fracture permeability in channel fracturing. Besides, four influencing, namely, fracture height, propant pillar size, proppant area friction and embedment, are investigated to analyse their effect on permeability. The proposed analytical model is found to in good agreement with the experimental data, which verifies the precision and the feasibility of this model. Based on this model, this paper can provide a theoretical basis for channel fracturing design to evaluate the key factor governing the conductivity(permeability), which is helpful to providing a reference for proper pulse time and pumping rate optimization.

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Dr Guoqing XU (Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development(RIPED), PetroChina,) Mr Xiaohan Pei (Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development(RIPED), PetroChina) Prof. Xianyou Yang (Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration & Development, PetroChina) Dr Yang Shi (Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration & Development, PetroChina) Yun Jiang Dr Meng Wang (Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration & Development, PetroChina)

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