The Effects of Non-Darcy Flow on Hydraulic Fracturing Optimization Design

Xinfang MA


In recent years, the petroleum industry has been aware of the potential for non-Darcy flow in propped fracture. In hydraulic fracture stimulation treatments, the effects of non-Darcy flow as one of the most critical factors in reducing the productivity of hydraulically fractured high rate wells have been studied widely with examples of field cases. In the hydraulic fracture design, the non-Darcy flow can have great impact on the reduction of a propped half-length, thus lowering the well’s productive capability. These non-Darcy flow effects in propped fractures have been typically associated with high flow rates in both oil and gas wells. This paper studied the effects of non-Darcy flow in fracture on the hydraulic fracturing design, studied the propped porosity and bottom-hole on hydraulic fracturing design and deliverability of fractured well taking into account non-Darcy flow.
Key words: Non-Darcy flow; Hydraulic fracturing; Optimization design; Productive capability


Non-Darcy flow; Hydraulic fracturing; Optimization design; Productive capability

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