A study of hydraulic fracture conductivity and its dependence on proppant wettability

T. Mora, O. A. Orogbemi, Z. T. Karpyn

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Abstract

Engineering design of hydraulic fracturing proppants typically focuses on maximizing permeability retention under stress, resistance to high temperatures, and controlling properties such as specific gravity and particle size; less attention is paid to the proppant's wetting characteristics and their potential impact on the deliverability of a hydraulic fracture. The purpose of this work is to investigate the effect of proppant wettability on the conductivity of hydraulic fractures through laboratory measurements. Results demonstrate a competing effect between permeability and wettability, the latter having a diminished impact on displacement efficiency at high permeability values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1527-1534
Number of pages8
JournalPetroleum Science and Technology
Volume28
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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