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Sensors for hydraulic-induced fracturing characterization
Author(s): Jose Mireles; Horacio Estrada; Roberto C. Ambrosio
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Paper Abstract

Hydraulic induced fracturing (HIF) in oil wells is used to increase oil productivity by making the subterranean terrain more deep and permeable. In some cases HIF connects multiple oil pockets to the main well. Currently there is a need to understand and control with a high degree of precision the geometry, direction, and the physical properties of fractures. By knowing these characteristics (the specifications of fractures), other drill well locations and set-ups of wells can be designed to increase the probability of connection of the oil pockets to main well(s), thus, increasing productivity. The current state of the art of HIF characterization does not meet the requirements of the oil industry. In Mexico, the SENER-CONACyT funding program recently supported a three party collaborative effort between the Mexican Petroleum Institute, Schlumberger Dowell Mexico, and the Autonomous University of Juarez to develop a sensing scheme to measure physical parameters of a HIF like, but not limited to pressure, temperature, density and viscosity. We present in this paper a review of HIF process, its challenges and the progress of sensing development for down hole measurement parameters of wells for the Chicontepec region of Mexico.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8031, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications III, 80311G (13 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.885554
Show Author Affiliations
Jose Mireles, Univ. Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (Mexico)
Horacio Estrada, Ctr. Nacional de Metrología (Mexico)
Roberto C. Ambrosio, Univ. Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (Mexico)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8031:
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications III
Thomas George; M. Saif Islam; Achyut K. Dutta, Editor(s)

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