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Optimization of Hydraulic Fracturing in Naturally Fractured Reservoirs

Project Leader: Mohammadhossein Sedaghat Sedaghat
Collaborators: Stephan Matthai (Reservoir Engineering)
Primary Contact: Mohammad Sedaghat (sedaghatm@student.unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: civil engineering; fractured rock; hydrology; numerical modelling; optimisation
Disciplines: Infrastructure Engineering

Hydraulic fracturing is one of the most effective ways to improve permeability around wells with a large skin radius. This is implemented by injecting a high-pressure fluid into the fractures already exist in the system and intersect the well. Fracture initial length, spacing, injection flow rate, and reservoir stress condition are the key parameters controlling this process. In this research, we are going to investigate the roles of the aforementioned on the oil recovery of naturally fractured rocks. Since pressure gradient around the injection wells is high, fluid flow through such high permeable fractures can be turbulent. So, inertia effects must be included for pressure calculation before performing effective stress computations.

Achieving this requires developing an application on CSMP to model fracture propagation, associating with FECFV to find the optimum condition maximizing oil recovery. It is required for the applicant to be familiar with C++ programming and reservoir engineering concepts.

For more information about CSMP and FECFV visit Matthai’s Team website

Further information: https://infrastructure.eng.unimelb.edu.au/matthai/