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    Factors Influencing Fracture Propagation in Collaborative Fracturing of Multiple Horizontal Wells

    Diguang Gong1, Junbin Chen1, Cheng Cheng2, Yuanyuan Kou2,*

    Energy Engineering, Vol.121, No.2, pp. 425-437, 2024, DOI:10.32604/ee.2023.030196

    Abstract Horizontal well-stimulation is the key to unconventional resource exploration and development. The development mode of the well plant helps increase the stimulated reservoir volume. Nevertheless, fracture interference between wells reduces the fracturing effect. Here, a 2D hydro-mechanical coupling model describing hydraulic fracture (HF) propagation is established with the extended finite element method, and the effects of several factors on HF propagation during multiple wells fracturing are analyzed. The results show that with an increase in elastic modulus, horizontal principal stress difference and injection fluid displacement, the total fracture area and the reservoir stimulation efficiency are both improved in all three… More >

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    Wellbore Cleaning Degree and Hydraulic Extension in Shale Oil Horizontal Wells

    Xin Ai1,2,*, Mian Chen1

    FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, Vol.20, No.3, pp. 661-670, 2024, DOI:10.32604/fdmp.2023.026819


    The efficient development and exploitation of shale oil depends on long-distance horizontal wells. As the degree of cleaning of the wellbore plays a key role in these processes, in this study, this problem is investigated experimentally by focusing on the dimensionless cuttings bed height. A method is proposed to calculate the horizontal-well hydraulic extension taking into account the influence of the wellbore cleaning degree on the wellbore pressure distribution and assess the effect of a variety of factors such as the bottom hole pressure, the circulating pressure drop, the drilling pump performance and the formation properties. The analysis shows that… More >

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    Productivity Prediction Model of Perforated Horizontal Well Based on Permeability Calculation in Near-Well High Permeability Reservoir Area

    Shuangshuang Zhang1,*, Kangliang Guo1, Xinchen Gao1, Haoran Yang1, Jinfeng Zhang2, Xing Han3

    Energy Engineering, Vol.121, No.1, pp. 59-75, 2024, DOI:10.32604/ee.2023.041709

    Abstract To improve the productivity of oil wells, perforation technology is usually used to improve the productivity of horizontal wells in oilfield exploitation. After the perforation operation, the perforation channel around the wellbore will form a near-well high-permeability reservoir area with the penetration depth as the radius, that is, the formation has different permeability characteristics with the perforation depth as the dividing line. Generally, the permeability is measured by the permeability tester, but this approach has a high workload and limited application. In this paper, according to the reservoir characteristics of perforated horizontal wells, the reservoir is divided into two areas:… More >

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    Revolutionizing Tight Reservoir Production: A Novel Dual-Medium Unsteady Seepage Model for Optimizing Volumetrically Fractured Horizontal Wells

    Xinyu Zhao1,2,*, Mofeng Li2, Kai Yan2, Li Yin3

    Energy Engineering, Vol.120, No.12, pp. 2933-2949, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ee.2023.041580

    Abstract This study presents an avant-garde approach for predicting and optimizing production in tight reservoirs, employing a dual-medium unsteady seepage model specifically fashioned for volumetrically fractured horizontal wells. Traditional models often fail to fully capture the complex dynamics associated with these unconventional reservoirs. In a significant departure from these models, our approach incorporates an initiation pressure gradient and a discrete fracture seepage network, providing a more realistic representation of the seepage process. The model also integrates an enhanced fluid-solid interaction, which allows for a more comprehensive understanding of the fluid-structure interactions in the reservoir. This is achieved through the incorporation of… More >

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    Analysis of Wellbore Flow in Shale Gas Horizontal Wells

    Linjuan Zeng1, Daogang Cai1, Yunhai Zhao1,*, Changqing Ye1, Chengcheng Luo2

    FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, Vol.19, No.11, pp. 2813-2825, 2023, DOI:10.32604/fdmp.2023.026190

    Abstract The flow behavior of shale gas horizontal wells is relatively complex, and this should be regarded as the main reason for which conventional pipe flow models are not suitable to describe the related dynamics. In this study, numerical simulations have been conducted to determine the gas-liquid distribution in these wells. In particular, using the measured flow pressure data related to 97 groups of shale gas wells as a basis, 9 distinct pipe flow models have been assessed, and the models displaying a high calculation accuracy for different water-gas ratio (WGR) ranges have been identified. The results show that: (1) The… More >

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    A Cementing Technology for Shale Oil Horizontal Wells

    Yudong Tian1,2, Gonghui Liu1, Yue Qi1,2,*, Jun Li1,3, Yan Xi1,4, Wei Lian1,3, Xiaojie Bai2, Penglin Liu1, Xiaoguang Geng2

    FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, Vol.19, No.11, pp. 2837-2845, 2023, DOI:10.32604/fdmp.2023.028805

    Abstract Organic rich dark shale of Q Formation can be found in many areas (e.g., in the North of S Basin). The shale target stratum is easy to hydrate and often undergoes spallation. Therefore, centering the casing in the horizontal section of the irregular borehole is relatively difficult. Similarly, achieving a good cement flushing efficiency under complex borehole conditions is a complex task. Through technologies such as centralizer, efficient preflushing, multi-stage flushing and ductile cement slurry, better performances can be achieved. In this study, it is shown that the cementing rate in the DY2H horizontal section is 97.8%, which is more… More >

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    A Method of Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Hydraulic Oscillator in Horizontal Wells

    Zhen Zhong*, Yadong Li, Yuxuan Zhao, Pengfei Ju

    Sound & Vibration, Vol.57, pp. 15-27, 2023, DOI:10.32604/sv.2023.041954

    Abstract Bent-housing motor is the most widely used directional drilling tool, but it often encounters the problem of high friction when sliding drilling in horizontal wells. In this paper, a mathematical model is proposed to simulate slide drilling with a friction reduction tool of axial vibration. A term called dynamic effective tractoring force (DETF) is defined and used to evaluate friction reduction effectiveness. The factors influencing the DETF are studied, and the tool placement optimization problem is investigated. The study finds that the drilling rate of penetration (ROP) can lower the DETF but does not change the trend of the DETF… More >

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    Horizontal Well Interference Performance and Water Injection Huff and Puff Effect on Well Groups with Complex Fracture Networks: A Numerical Study

    Haoyu Fu1,2,3, Hua Liu1,2, Xiaohu Hu1,2, Lei Wang1,2,3,*

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.137, No.3, pp. 2285-2309, 2023, DOI:10.32604/cmes.2023.027996

    Abstract Well interference has become a common phenomenon with the increasing scale of horizontal well fracturing. Recent studies on well interference in horizontal wells do not properly reflect the physical model of the postfracturing well groups and the realistic fracturing process of infill wells. Establishing the correspondence between well interference causative factors and manifestations is of great significance for infill well deployment and secondary oil recovery. In this work, we develop a numerical model that considers low velocity non-Darcy seepage in shale reservoirs to study the inter-well interference phenomenon that occurs in the Santanghu field, and construct an explicit hydraulic fracture… More >

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    A Productivity Prediction Method Based on Artificial Neural Networks and Particle Swarm Optimization for Shale-Gas Horizontal Wells

    Bin Li*

    FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, Vol.19, No.10, pp. 2729-2748, 2023, DOI:10.32604/fdmp.2023.029649

    Abstract In order to overcome the deficiencies of current methods for the prediction of the productivity of shale gas horizontal wells after fracturing, a new sophisticated approach is proposed in this study. This new model stems from the combination several techniques, namely, artificial neural network (ANN), particle swarm optimization (PSO), Imperialist Competitive Algorithms (ICA), and Ant Clony Optimization (ACO). These are properly implemented by using the geological and engineering parameters collected from 317 wells. The results show that the optimum PSO-ANN model has a high accuracy, obtaining a R2 of 0.847 on the testing. The partial dependence plots (PDP) indicate that… More >

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    Influence of Wellbore Trajectory on Pressure Drop and Fluid Discharge

    Ruidong Wu1, Guowei Wang2,3,4,*, Zhixing Yang1, Ruiquan Liao2,3,4, Yang Cheng2,3,4

    FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, Vol.19, No.8, pp. 2053-2066, 2023, DOI:10.32604/fdmp.2023.026301

    Abstract An experimental analysis has been conducted to study the process of fluid accumulation for different borehole trajectories. More specifically, five heel angles have been experimentally realized to simulate the borehole trajectory of the sloping section of the formation. The fluid-carrying capacity, pressure drop and fluid discharge volatility have been investigated for these conditions and, accordingly, the relationship between heel angle and wellbore pressure drop fluid-carrying capacity has been determined. The results show that while the reasonable roll angle can increase the pressure loss in the wellbore, it is beneficial to drainage. In terms of pressure loss and liquid-carrying capacity, when… More > Graphic Abstract

    Influence of Wellbore Trajectory on Pressure Drop and Fluid Discharge

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