Release:2021. Vol. 7. № 1 (25)
About the authors:Alexey S. Shlyapkin, Leading Specialist, Design and Development Monitoring Department of the Yuzhno-Yagunskoye field, Branch of KogalymNIPIneft, LUKOIL-Engineering (Tyumen); email@example.com
At present, an active policy of import substitution is being pursued, dictated by the imposed international sanctions, which creates a need for finding optimal engineering solutions, in particular, in the field of creating Russian software.
In the study and design of hydraulic fracturing, they often rely on the results of modeling in specialized simulators. The appearance of the Russian products on the software market, surely, sets the correct vector of development; however, some aspects are not implemented in the existing mathematical models.
The authors of this article present a model that allows considering in detail the process of movement of proppant particles in a hydraulic fracture. The chosen direction is important from the point of view of calculating the fracture cavity and refining its productivity, since the behavior of the particles has a significant effect on both the growth potential of the crack and its shape.
The research methodology includes a theoretical justification of the mathematical model presented by the authors in their previous works; a description of the basic principles of selecting and constructing a numerical calculation scheme and creating a software package. The main methods of research are the methods of mathematical modeling, formed from practical problems on the estimation of geometric parameters of the crack, including the areas of continuum mechanics and fracture of solids, underground hydrodynamics.
The proposed and implemented numerically mathematical model forms the basis of the authors’ software package, which allows solving the main design problems when performing hydraulic fracturing operations.
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