Interaction between hydraulic fracture and natural fracture - A new prediction model by adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS)

P. Chen, M. M. Rahman, H. K. Sarma

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    Abstract

    Hydraulic-fracturing (HF) treatments have become an essential technology for tight gas field development. Tight gas formations often contain natural fractures (NF). In presence of NF, more complex fracture networks may form during the hydraulic treatment. The interaction between fractures may alter the way the hydraulic fracture propagates through the formation, causing a complex network of fractures, which can significantly influence the overall geometry and effectiveness of hydraulic fracture. The hydraulic fracture may cross, dilate or slip into the fracture plane upon its arrival at the natural fractures. Although there have been studies on investigation of the interaction between HF and NF, most of them cannot be applied reliably due to the inherent assumptions in the analytical formulation. In cases of laboratory studies, the limitation of the equipment could also be a factor. With this study a multi-ANFIS model is established to predict the interaction between HF and NF. The advantage of this model is that it is a data-based model. Therefore, as long as there are reliable data the model can work smoothly and easily, so that it can predict the interaction in real time. Results show that the dilation and slippage will be more likely to occur when the approach angle is very low. Whereas, in the case of higher differential horizontal stress, it is more likely that the cross interaction will happen. The significance of this work is to help to predict the interaction between HF and NF, thus optimizing the hydraulic-fracture treatment design parameters in a naturally fractured tight gas reservoir. Insightful parametric sensitivity analyses will also be presented. This model could also be used to study the potential of the deep UAE gas sands, which are naturally fractured.

    Original languageBritish English
    Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - 30th Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, ADIPEC 2014
    Subtitle of host publicationChallenges and Opportunities for the Next 30 Years
    Pages2671-2686
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9781634398053
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2014
    Event30th Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference: Challenges and Opportunities for the Next 30 Years, ADIPEC 2014 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    Duration: 10 Nov 201413 Nov 2014

    Publication series

    NameSociety of Petroleum Engineers - 30th Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, ADIPEC 2014: Challenges and Opportunities for the Next 30 Years
    Volume4

    Conference

    Conference30th Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference: Challenges and Opportunities for the Next 30 Years, ADIPEC 2014
    Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
    CityAbu Dhabi
    Period10/11/1413/11/14

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