Laboratory evaluation of proppant transport in complex fracture systems
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With the global trend towards exploring shale reservoirs over the past few decades, industry focus has shifted towards hydraulic fracturing. Nearly all shale gas wells are hydraulically fractured, with many treatments using slickwater, for production to be economically viable. Due to the presence of natural fractures, each shale reservoir is different; thus, the resultant hydraulic fracture network is distinct. With advances in fracture mapping and modeling techniques, the created complex fracture networks can be modeled fairly well; however, the proppant transport in these complex fracture ...