Numerical Simulation in Hydraulic Fracturing: Multiphysics Theory and Applications

Xinpu Shen, William Standifird

March 16, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 168 Pages
ISBN 9781138029620 - CAT# K29623
Series: Multiphysics Modeling


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  • Presents innovative examples and typical applications of multiphysics phenomena.
  • Practical, detailed explanations are provided for the modeling process of each application example included in the book.
  • Provides detailed mechanical analyses with innovative 3D numerical techniques.
  • Provides the mathematical modeling of the natural fracture in a shale formation, and further models it in the framework of Continuum Damage Mechanics.
  • Introduces the mathematical theory and the flowchart which is used in development of the software toolset, providing a primary foundation for proper development of related data processors.


The expansion of unconventional petroleum resources in the recent decade and the rapid development of computational technology have provided the opportunity to develop and apply 3D numerical modeling technology to simulate the hydraulic fracturing of shale and tight sand formations. This book presents 3D numerical modeling technologies for hydraulic fracturing developed in recent years, and introduces solutions to various 3D geomechanical problems related to hydraulic fracturing. In the solution processes of the case studies included in the book, fully coupled multi-physics modeling has been adopted, along with innovative computational techniques, such as submodeling.
In practice, hydraulic fracturing is an essential project component in shale gas/oil development and tight sand oil, and provides an essential measure in the process of drilling cuttings reinjection (CRI). It is also an essential measure for widened mud weight window (MWW) when drilling through naturally fractured formations; the process of hydraulic plugging is a typical application of hydraulic fracturing. 3D modeling and numerical analysis of hydraulic fracturing is essential for the successful development of tight oil/gas formations: it provides accurate solutions for optimized stage intervals in a multistage fracking job. It also provides optimized well-spacing for the design of zipper-frac wells.
Numerical estimation of casing integrity under stimulation injection in the hydraulic fracturing process is one of major concerns in the successful development of unconventional resources. This topic is also investigated numerically in this book. Numerical solutions to several other typical geomechanics problems related to hydraulic fracturing, such as fluid migration caused by fault reactivation and seismic activities, are also presented.
This book can be used as a reference textbook to petroleum, geotechnical and geothermal engineers, to senior undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students, and to geologists, hydrogeologists, geophysicists and applied mathematicians working in this field. This book is also a synthetic compendium of both the fundamentals and some of the most advanced aspects of hydraulic fracturing technology.