A New Fracture-Unit Model and Its Application to a Z-Fold Fracture

Wanjing Luo, Changfu Tang, Yingfang Zhou

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Abstract

Following the Cinco-Ley fracture model (Cinco-Ley et al. 1978) and the Luo-Tang wing model (Luo and Tang 2015a), we developed a new fracture-unit model. By coupling the Fredholm integral equation for a fracture with a reservoir equation, we present a new semianalytical method in the Laplace domain, and an example of a Z-fold fracture is then presented to demonstrate the applicability of the fracture-unit model. The effects of fracture conductivity, fracture geometry, and branch length on the transient wellbore pressure are discussed in detail. Our work provides a novel forward model to implement the law of fluid flow in complex fractures.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberSPE-194024-PA
Number of pages15
JournalSPE Journal
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

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fracture geometry
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Keywords

  • Cyclodextrin
  • Polyrotaxane
  • Pulley effect
  • Slide-ring gel
  • COMPLEX
  • FLUID-FLOW
  • NON-DARCY-FLOW
  • WELL
  • SHALE-GAS-RESERVOIRS
  • CONDUCTIVITY
  • DISCRETE
  • PRODUCTIVITY
  • PRESSURE-TRANSIENT ANALYSIS
  • PROPAGATION

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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A New Fracture-Unit Model and Its Application to a Z-Fold Fracture. / Luo, Wanjing; Tang, Changfu; Zhou, Yingfang.

In: SPE Journal, Vol. 24, No. 1, SPE-194024-PA, 01.02.2019.

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