Feedback control of proppant bank heights during hydraulic fracturing for enhanced productivity in shale formations Chapter uri icon


  • 2018 Elsevier B.V. In hydraulic fracturing of shale formations, compared to conventional reservoirs, the fracturing fluid is of low-viscosity, and hence, the proppant settles significantly during the pumping stage, forming a proppant bank. Motivated by this consideration, first, a section-based optimization method is employed to obtain key fracture design parameters for enhanced productivity in shale formations subject to given fracturing resources. Second, a reduced-order model is constructed using high-fidelity simulation data to design a Kalman filter. Lastly, a real-time model-based feedback control system is developed by explicitly taking into account actuator limitations, process safety and economic considerations. A series of closed-loop simulation results demonstrate that the proposed control scheme can regulate the uniformity of proppant bank heights across the fracture at the end of pumping.

author list (cited authors)

  • Siddhamshetty, P., Narasingam, A., Liu, S., Valk, P. P., & Kwon, J.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Siddhamshetty, Prashanth||Narasingam, Abhinav||Liu, Shuai||Valk√≥, Peter P||Kwon, Joseph Sang-Il

Book Title

  • 13th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering (PSE 2018)

publication date

  • January 2018