• Estimating Fracture Containment in Layered Formations Using 3D Fracture Growth Assumptions 

    The influence of formation stresses on fracture growth has been well documented and supported by numerous case histories, but the height-growth limitations resulting from intersection and crossing of various interfaces by the fracture continues to be investigated. This paper presentation describes a model and a method to predict potential locations where a horizontal fracture can develop and limit the vertical growth of the fracture. The model developed in the study is helpful in predicting potential locations where a horizontal fracture can develop and limit the vertical growth or even curtail the extension of the main fracture. The method developed requires discrete layered formation and fluid properties as the only inputs, and hence, can be applied to a variety of examples worldwide. 

    This presentation is from the 2022 SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference and Exhibition. 

    • Paper Number: SPE- 209151-MS 
    • Published: 25 January 2022 
    • Authors: Vibhas J. Pandey; Rasouli Vamegh 

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  • Estimating Fracture Containment in Layered Formations Using 3D Fracture Growth Assumptions 

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