How can we use one fracture to locate another?

Malcolm, Alison and Poliannikov, Oleg V. and Djikpesse, Hugues and Prange, Michael (2011) How can we use one fracture to locate another? The Leading Edge, 30 (5). pp. 551-555. ISSN 1938-3789

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Hydraulic fracturing is an important tool that helps extract fluids from the subsurface. It is critical in applications ranging from enhanced oil recovery to geothermal energy production. As the goal of fracturing is to increase flow rates within the reservoir volume, and because the reservoir is typically heterogeneous, several fractures are often created. Because of confining stresses, most fractures that have been created and remain open are nearly vertical (Zoback et al., 2003). Creating a set of almost parallel fractures is quite common in situations with smoothly varying stress.

Item Type: Article
Item ID: 12729
Department(s): Science, Faculty of > Earth Sciences
Date: May 2011
Date Type: Publication
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