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Hydraulic Fracture Mechanics

ISBN: 978-0-471-95664-8
318 pages
January 1996
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The book explores the theoretical background of one of the most widespread activities in hydrocarbon wells, that of hydraulic fracturing. A comprehensive treatment of the basic phenomena includes: linear elasticity, stresses, fracture geometry and rheology. The diverse concepts of mechanics are integrated into a coherent description of hydraulic fracture propagation. The chapters in the book are cross-referenced throughout and the connections between the various phenomena are emphasized. The book offers readers a unique approach to the subject with the use of many numerical examples.
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Table of Contents

Hydraulically Induced Fractures in the Petroleum and Related Industries.

Linear Elasticity, Fracture Shapes and Induced Stresses.

Stresses in Formations.

Fracture Geometry.

Rheology and Laminar Flow.

Non-Laminar Flow and Solids Transport.

Advanced Topics of Rheology and Fluid Mechanics.

Material Balance.

Coupling of Elasticity, Flow and Material Balance.

Fracture Propagation.

Fracture Height Growth (3D and P-3D Geometries).



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