Hydraulic Fracturing effectively busts the myths associated with hydraulic fracturing. It explains how to properly engineer and optimize a hydraulically fractured well by selecting the right materials, evaluating the economic benefits of the project, and ensuring the safety and success of the people, environment, and equipment. From data estimation to design, operation, and performance management, the text presents a logical, step-by-step process for hydraulic fracturing that aids in proper engineering decision making when stimulating a particular reservoir. Numerous problem sets reinforce the learning and aid in risk assessment. Additional material is available from the CRC Press website.
Gives a brief history of hydraulic fracturing, an introduction to its use, and a summary of how a treatment is performed at the surfaceDefines where the basic values used to build a simple fracture geometry model come from, what they mean, and what their impact is on the designDescribes how to build a rock stress log, and what design variables can and cannot be inferred from a well logExplores fracturing pressure analysis and other fracture diagnosticsDiscusses material selection including proppant types and fluidsCovers operations and quality control including pre-frac operations such as perforating for fracturingAddresses acid fracturing, shale/horizontal well fracturing, frac packing, and waste disposal
History, Introduction, and How a Treatment Is ConductedDefinitions and Simple Geometry ModelsDesign VariablesRock StressesPetrophysicsPost-Frac PerformanceTreatment SchedulingFrac Pressure AnalysisEngineering the FluidFracturing Fluid ComponentsProppantsPerforatingAcid FracturingFracture DiagnosticsSpecial Topics: Shale/Horizontal Well Fracturing, Frac Packing, and Waste DisposalQuality ControlHydraulic Fracture Design Data NeedsExample DesignGlossary and TermsProblemsIndex
Michael Berry Smith :- Michael Berry Smith holds a Ph.D in rock mechanics from Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA, and has more than 30 years of experience in rock mechanics, well completions, and hydraulic fracturing. While with Amoco Production Company, Dr. Smith co-developed the framework for fracturing pressure analysis, which revolutionized the fracturing technology. He has been a consultant worldwide, served several times as a distinguished lecturer at the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), authored multiple chapters in the SPE monograph Recent Advances In Hydraulic Fracturing, and developed and presented SPE short courses on fracturing pressure analysis. Recently, he was presented with the SPE Lester C. Uren Award for his contributions to hydraulic fracturing technology.Carl Montgomery :- Carl T. Montgomery is recognized within the industry as one of the leaders in all areas of stimulation, including hydraulic fracturing, acid fracturing, matrix stimulation, cavity completions, waste/cuttings injection, rock mechanics, and scale prevention/removal. In addition, he has considerable experience in cementing, sand management, conformance control, perforating strategy, and formation damage. Formerly, he was with ConocoPhillips, Arco, and Dowell Schlumberger. He also served as a special member of the petroleum engineering graduate faculty at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA, and received the 2007 SPE Drilling and Completions Award.