A robust type curve solution for analyzing pressure-transient behaviors of both vertical and horizontal fracture systems

B. O. Ogunsanya, T. P. Oetama, J. F. Lea, L. R. Heinze, P. S. Adisoemarta

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Abstract

Although there have been many analytical studies on pressure-transient behavior of hydraulic fracture systems, no single analytical solution capable of describing both vertical and horizontal fracture transient state behaviors lias been developed. The purpose of this work is to develop a single analytical solution that is robust enough to fit this need. This paper presents a type curve solution for a well producing from a solid bar source in an infinite-acting reservoir with impermeable upper and lower boundaries. Computation of dimensionless pressure reveals that the pressure-transient behavior of any hydraulic fracture system is governed by two critical parameters (i) aspect ratio, m, and (ii) dimensionless length, LD. Analysis of a typical log-log plot of PwD vs. tDxf indicated the existence of four distinct flow periods (i) fracture fill-up period causing a typical storage dominated flow, (ii) vertical linear flow period, (iii) transition period, and (iv) radial flow period. As aspect ratio tends to zero, the fracture fill-up periods disappear resulting in typical fully/partially penetrating vertical fracture pressure response. This analytical solution reduces to the existing fully/partially penetrating vertical fracture solution developed by Raghavan et al1 as aspect ratio tends to zero, and a horizontal fracture solution is obtained as aspect ratio tends to unity. This new horizontal fracture solution yields superior early time (tDxf < 10-3) solution compared with the existing horizontal fracture solution developed by Gringarten and Ramey2, and shows excellent agreement for tDXf > 10-3.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety Petroleum Engineers - Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition 2006, NAICE 2006
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers
ISBN (Print)9781613990254
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Event30th Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition 2006, NAICE 2006 - Abuja, Nigeria
Duration: Jul 31 2006Aug 2 2006

Publication series

NameSociety Petroleum Engineers - Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition 2006, NAICE 2006

Conference

Conference30th Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition 2006, NAICE 2006
CountryNigeria
CityAbuja
Period07/31/0608/2/06

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    Ogunsanya, B. O., Oetama, T. P., Lea, J. F., Heinze, L. R., & Adisoemarta, P. S. (2006). A robust type curve solution for analyzing pressure-transient behaviors of both vertical and horizontal fracture systems. In Society Petroleum Engineers - Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition 2006, NAICE 2006 (Society Petroleum Engineers - Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition 2006, NAICE 2006). Society of Petroleum Engineers.