Characteristics of shut-in curves in hydraulic fracturing stress measurements and determination of in situ minimum compressive stress

K. Hayashi, B. C. Haimson

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Abstract

Characteristics of pressure decay curves obtained after shut-in in hydraulic fracturing stress measurements are studied in detail in an effort to enhance the reliability of the minimum compressive in situ stress determination. The analysis utilizes linear theory of elasticity, fracture mechanics, and global mass balance of fracturing fluid after shut-in. Theoretical considerations and laboratory and field data suggest the closure process after shut-in can be considered to consist of three major stages. The method of determination of the in situ minimum compressive stress is successfully applied to a sampling of shut-in curves obtained in laboratory and field experiments. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18,311-18,321
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Volume96
Issue numberB11
Publication statusPublished - 1991 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

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