Modelling of well stimulation
Hydraulic fracturing is a common technology in oil and natural gas industries; it has been used in over 2 million wells worldwide for 65 years.
The main goal of fracturing is to increase the permeability of the reservoir and thus enhance the production process. A recent significant development is channel fracturing technology, which allows discontinuous proppant particle displacement and further increases the permeability for fluids in the reservoir. This project uses numerical modelling techniques such as Discrete Element Method and Computational Fluid Dynamics to study particle behaviours during the channel fracturing process and deploys parametric simulations to explore optimisations for more efficient usage of this new fracturing technology.
Future energy and resources