Slickwater proppant transport in complex hydraulic fracture networks : experimental study and scalable correlations development
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Slickwater hydraulic fracturing is a game changing technology that has enabled the oil and gas industry to economically develop enormous unconventional resources over the past decade. Despite its great success, this technology carries with it challenges such as the understanding of its proppant transport mechanism in induced complex fractures and predicting the developed dune heights. Addressing these two challenges is the primary goal of this PhD research project. The project was divided into two phases to achieve this goal, an experimental study and correlations development. For the first ...