Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Experimental Investigations of the Critical Flowback Velocity for Various Types of Proppant in Hydraulic-Fracturing Fluids with Different Viscosities
by Wang, Sijie, M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2017, 108; 10267594
Abstract (Summary)

The loss of proppant in flowback process has been a problem in hydraulic fracturing treatments for many years. As the pumping pressure is released at the end of a fracturing treatment, the proppant remains in the fractures, holding them open and forming conduits for fluid to flow into the wellbore. If the proppant flows back into the wellbore, the thickness of the fracture limits the flow-channel conductivity, choking the production potential of the well and impairing the effectiveness of the fracture treatment. A well cleanup is often required to remove the unwanted proppant from the wellbore to re-establish production from the entire perforated interval. This paper highlights on what is the critical flow rate that can carry the proppant out in different confining pressure and various viscocities of fracturing fluid with different types of proppant particles.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Guo, Boyun
Commitee: Feng, Yin, Liu, Ning
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Petroleum Engineering
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Petroleum engineering
Keywords: Flowback, Fluids, Fracturing, Hydraulic-fracturing, Proppant, Velocity, Viscosities
Publication Number: 10267594
ISBN: 9780355114256
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