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Title: Three-dimensional hydraulic fracture simulation using fixed grid finite element algorithms

Abstract

A three-dimensional hydraulic fracture simulator (HYFFIX) is reformulated using finite element methodology and a newly adapted fixed grid. The numerical procedures for the coupled equations governing the fracture width, fluid pressure, and evolution of equilibrium planar crack in layered media are summarized. Fixed grid mesh control algorithms for the efficient tracking of the moving crack/fracture fluid front are detailed. The introduction of these novel algorithms in the simulator makes it numerically efficient and stable, in comparison to previously reported models which utilize migrating mesh techniques. Due to the enhanced numerical efficiency and compactness of the refined code, the model can also be readily implemented on a workstation or microcomputer.

Authors:
 [1]; ;  [2]
  1. (Sogang Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)
  2. (Lehigh Univ., Bethlehem, PA (United States))
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
7013314
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Journal of Energy Resources Technology; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 116:1; Journal ID: ISSN 0195-0738
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; HYDRAULIC FRACTURING; SIMULATORS; OIL WELLS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; CRACK PROPAGATION; THREE-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS; WELL STIMULATION; ANALOG SYSTEMS; FRACTURING; FUNCTIONAL MODELS; SIMULATION; STIMULATION; WELLS; 020300* - Petroleum- Drilling & Production

Citation Formats

Lee, T.S., Advani, S.H., and Pak, C.K. Three-dimensional hydraulic fracture simulation using fixed grid finite element algorithms. United States: N. p., 1994. Web. doi:10.1115/1.2906006.
Lee, T.S., Advani, S.H., & Pak, C.K. Three-dimensional hydraulic fracture simulation using fixed grid finite element algorithms. United States. doi:10.1115/1.2906006.
Lee, T.S., Advani, S.H., and Pak, C.K. Tue . "Three-dimensional hydraulic fracture simulation using fixed grid finite element algorithms". United States. doi:10.1115/1.2906006.
@article{osti_7013314,
title = {Three-dimensional hydraulic fracture simulation using fixed grid finite element algorithms},
author = {Lee, T.S. and Advani, S.H. and Pak, C.K.},
abstractNote = {A three-dimensional hydraulic fracture simulator (HYFFIX) is reformulated using finite element methodology and a newly adapted fixed grid. The numerical procedures for the coupled equations governing the fracture width, fluid pressure, and evolution of equilibrium planar crack in layered media are summarized. Fixed grid mesh control algorithms for the efficient tracking of the moving crack/fracture fluid front are detailed. The introduction of these novel algorithms in the simulator makes it numerically efficient and stable, in comparison to previously reported models which utilize migrating mesh techniques. Due to the enhanced numerical efficiency and compactness of the refined code, the model can also be readily implemented on a workstation or microcomputer.},
doi = {10.1115/1.2906006},
journal = {Journal of Energy Resources Technology; (United States)},
issn = {0195-0738},
number = ,
volume = 116:1,
place = {United States},
year = {1994},
month = {3}
}