Edited by: John L. Gidley, Stephen A. Holditch, Dale E. Nierode and Ralph W. Veatch Jr.
464 pp.; Softcover
SPE Monograph Series Vol. 12
ISBN: 978-1-55563-020-1
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Recent Advances in Hydraulic Fracturing
is a comprehensive reference book reflecting technological advances in hydraulic fracturing. Contents include practical examples and illustrative problems to demonstrate specific applications of advanced technologies for students and experienced engineering professionals alike.


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John L. Gidley graduated University of Texas in Austin, receiving B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering. John joined the research staff of the Humble (now Exxon-Mobil) Production Research Company in December 1954. “The Acid-Mutual Solvent Method,” he developed was patented and is still in use. From 1969 to 1986 he chaired the American Petroleum Institute (API) Subcommittee on Well Completion and initiated the committee effort that resulted in six API documents on recommended practices for testing and evaluation of well stimulation. He also chaired the Task Group on High Temperature Cements (1971–1979) and API Standardization Committee, Subcommittee 10, on Oil Well Cements (1969–1979). In addition to his editorship of Recent Advances in Hydraulic Fracturing, he also authored or co-authored 25 published technical papers. Co-authors for this book are Stephen A. Holditch, Dale E. Nierode, Ralph W. Veatch Jr.


Table of Contents

1.  An Overview of Hydraulic Fracturing
2.  Pretreatment Formation Evaluation
3.  Rock Mechanics and Fracture Geometry
4.  Two-Dimensional Fracture-Propagation Models
5.  Three-Dimensional Fracture-Propagation Models
6.  Propping Agents and Fractur Conductivity
7.  Fracturing Fluids and Additives
8.  Leakoff
9.  Fracturing-Fluid Flow Behavior
10. Proppant Transport
11. Fracture Treatment Design
12. Well Completions
13. Field Implementation of Hydraulic Fracturing14. Fracturing-Pressure Analysis
15. Postfracture Formation Evaluation
16. Fracture Azimuth and Geometry Determination
17. Economics of Fracturing

Appendix A-Typical Products Available From Service Companies
Appendix B-Selection of Water-, Nonwater-, or Acid-Based Fracturing Fluids
Appendix C-Rheological Models and Fraction Factors
Appendix D-Turbulent Behavior of Solutions
Appendix E-Numerical Computation of Sand Settlement
Appendix F-Equilibrium Bed Height
Appendix G-Simple Calculation of Fracture Dimensions
Appendix H-Treatment Cost and Payout Calculation
Appendix I-Field Measurement of Fracturing Pressures
Appendix J-Derivations and Considerations for Pressure-Decline Analysis
Appendix K-Examples of Postfracture Formation Evaluation