(184q) Modeling and Control of Proppant Distribution of Multi-Stage Hydraulic Fracturing in Horizontal Wells
The hydrocarbon production through these simultaneously propagating multiple fracture networks is strongly dependent on the proppant distribution within the fractures, because they will create conductive channels through which natural oil and gas can be easily transported. Therefore, the proppant distribution at the end of pumping in simultaneously propagating multiple fractures must be regulated by developing model-based pumping schedules. In this work, utilizing the new high-fidelity model, we will focus on introducing a new model-based control algorithm to compute online pumping schedules that compensate for stress shadow effects; the computed pumping schedule will be able to generate uniform proppant distribution in simultaneously propagating multiple fractures.
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