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Mechanics of Hydraulic Fracturing, 2nd Edition by Xiaowei Weng, Ching H. Yew

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Chapter 9

Experimental studies

Abstract

The important experiment investigations on initiation and propagation of hydraulic fractures carried out in laboratory and in field are presented and discussed in this chapter.

Keywords

Breakdown pressure

Downhole pressure

Fracture containment

Fracture tip

Width

Similitude analysis

In situ stress

Hydraulic impedance

Tortuosity

Introduction

Since the introduction of hydraulic fracturing method, experimental studies both in the laboratory and in the field have been conducted to obtain an understanding of the underlying parameters that influence the geometry and propagation characteristics of the hydraulically induced fracture. In applications, hydraulic fracturing is conducted in a reservoir at great ...

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