Design and Appraisal of Hydraulic Fractures

This book is divided into three sections. Chapter 1 covers the design and placement of the hydraulic fracturing process, stress issues, fracture geometry, fluid and proppant selection, quality control, and quality assurance. Chapter 2 introduces the use of dynamic data to characterize the in-place hydraulic fracture, outlining the methods of pressure-transient analysis for both pressure drawdown and pressure buildup tests; simulated and field examples illustrate the basic analysis procedure and many common pitfalls. Chapter 3 covers the prediction of long-term rate performance and recoverable volumes using three approaches: rate-decline type curves, analytical and semianalytical methods, and numerical simulation.

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