Simulation of the hydraulic fracture process in two dimensions using a discrete element method

Galindo Torres, Sergio Andres and Munoz-Castano, Jose Daniel (2007) Simulation of the hydraulic fracture process in two dimensions using a discrete element method. Physical Review E, 75 6: 066109.1-066109.9. doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.75.066109

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Author Galindo Torres, Sergio Andres
Munoz-Castano, Jose Daniel
Title Simulation of the hydraulic fracture process in two dimensions using a discrete element method
Language of Title eng
Journal name Physical Review E   Check publisher's open access policy
Language of Journal Name eng
ISSN 1539-3755
1550-2376
Publication date 2007-06-26
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1103/PhysRevE.75.066109
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 75
Issue 6
Start page 066109.1
End page 066109.9
Total pages 9
Place of publication College Park, MD, United States
Publisher American Physical Society
Language eng
Abstract We introduce a discrete element simulation for the hydraulic fracture process in a petroleum well which takes into account the elastic behavior of the rock and the Mohr-Coulomb fracture criterium. The rock is modeled as an array of Voronoi polygons joined by elastic beams, which are submitted to tectonical stresses and the hydrostatic pressure of the fracturing fluid. The fluid pressure is treated like that of a hydraulic column. The simulation reproduces well the time and dimensions of real fracture processes. We also include an analysis of the fracturing fluid loss due to the permeability of the rock which is useful in an efficiency analysis of the treatment. The model is a first step for future applications in the petroleum industry.
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