Numerical Simulation of Fracture Propagation during Refracturing

Daobing Wang, Arash Dahi Taleghani, Bo Yu, Meng Wang, Chunming He

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Hydraulic fracturing is repeated in some unconventional wells after production since the initial fracturing treatment. Due to prior production, the stress field around the existing fractures possibly rotates, and this impacts the refracturing operation. In this study, an extended finite element model (XFEM) including junction enrichments of intersecting fractures was proposed to simulate fracture propagation during refracturing in the cemented fractured reservoirs. In the XFEM model, a lubrication equation coupling both tangential and normal flow in hydraulic fractures (HFs) was used to describe the fluid flow behavior within the fractured elements, and the Newton-Raphson method was used to solve the nonlinear fluid–solid coupling system of the refracturing model. The effects of approaching angle, stress anisotropy, and production time were discussed. The results showed that the effects of these factors on improvement of fracture complexity during refracturing depend on the reservoir parameters and the stress field. The characteristics of the injection pressure curves during refracturing were analyzed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9422
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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