Proceedings of the 2017 2nd International Conference on Modelling, Simulation and Applied Mathematics (MSAM2017)

A Review and Prospect of Numerical Simulation of Complex Hydraulic Fracture Propagation in Unconventional Reservoirs

Authors
Xiaogang Li, Changyin Liu, Liangping Yi, Zhiyu Sun, Zhaozhong Yang
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Xiaogang Li
Available Online March 2017.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/msam-17.2017.21How to use a DOI?
Keywords
unconventional reservoirs; hydraulic propagation; extended finite element method; discrete element method; displacement discontinuity method
Abstract
Due to unconventional reservoir have natural weak discontinuities such as natural fractures and bedding planes, the hydraulic fracture has complicated fracture network morphology. Therefore, the traditional fracturing design method and the numerical simulation method of fracture propagation were restricted in the unconventional reservoir. In this paper, the application of the extended finite element method(XFEM), discrete element method(DEM), and displacement discontinuity method(DDM) in the simulation of hydraulic fracturing are discussed, as well as their advantages and disadvantages. It is indicated that XFEM and DEM have strong advantage in small scale mechanism analysis, while DDM has the superiority in the simulation of actual fracturing process in homogeneous formation. Finally, we draw the conclusion that combining two or more numerical simulation methods to simulate the fracture propagation of unconventional reservoirs will be a promising direction.
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Proceedings
2017 2nd International Conference on Modelling, Simulation and Applied Mathematics (MSAM2017)
Part of series
Advances in Intelligent Systems Research
Publication Date
March 2017
ISBN
978-94-6252-324-1
ISSN
1951-6851
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/msam-17.2017.21How to use a DOI?
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license.

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