Fracture initiation fracture growth, fluid flow and particle transport

Publieke samenvatting / Public summary

Predicting the geometry of the fracture network, which will develop in the areas experiencing fracturing once fluids are injected, will improve our ability to predict the characteristics and behaviour of tough gas reservoirs. In this we developed a project a numerical model to predict the fracturing process in hydraulic fracturing situations. Only an accurate prediction of the hydraulic fracture network makes it possible to estimate permeability changes, the degree of fluid penetration in the rock matrix and, eventually, investigate their impact on matrix-to-fracture gas transfer rates.