Three-Dimensional Modeling of Hydraulic Fractures in Layered Media: Part II—Calibrations, Parametric Sensitivity and Field Simulations

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T. S. Lee, S. H. Advani, J. K. Lee

Department of Engineering Mechanics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210

J. Energy Resour. Technol 112(1), 10-19 (Mar 01, 1990) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2905705 History: Received July 12, 1989; Revised December 21, 1989; Online April 16, 2008


A comprehensive finite element model formulation for the simulation of vertical hydraulic fracture propagation in a multi-layered reservoir has been presented in Part I of the companion paper (Advani et al., 1990). This paper presents a numerical calibration of this model by comparing results with selected benchmark cases. Parametric sensitivity investigations are also performed to illustrate the role of different variables on hydraulic fracture configuration evolution in multi-layered formations. In addition, field simulations for a multi-layered reservoir with differential in-situ stress and mechanical property contrasts are conducted to illustrate the scope of the developed model.

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