Hydraulic Fracturing and Sand Control JIP

Center for Subsurface Energy and the Environment (CSEE)
The University of Texas at Austin


The Hydraulic Fracturing and Sand Control project, established in 2006, consists of 18 projects (16 related to fracturing and 2 related to sand control). Each member company contributes $50,000 per year as a grant to the University and in return receives all the research results from the projects underway.


Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracture Modeling Session

  • F1. Perforation Cluster Design Using Perf Cluster Designer
  • F2. Fracture Design and Well Placement in Multi-Well Pads: Fully 3D Fracture Models
    • New Develoopments in Multi-Frac-3D
    • Applications of Multi-Frac-3D
  • F3. Re-fracturing Horizontal Wells
  • F4. Fracture Growth in Naturally Fractured Rocks: Multi-Frac-NF

Integrated Fracturing and Geomechanical Reservoir Simulators Session

  • F5. Fully Compositional & Black Oil Hydraulic Fracturing and Reservoir Simulators:
    • Multi-Frac-3D:  A New Fully Compositional Reservoir and Fracturing Simulator
    • Applications of Multi-Frac-3D: Huff-n-Puff gas injection IOR
  • F7. Modeling Well Performance and Decline Curves for Wells with complex Fracture Netowrks: Choke Mangement
  • F8. Fracturing and Reservoir Modeling of Geothermal Wells

Shale – Fluid Interactions Session

  • F11. Fracture Conductivity of Unpropped Fractures in Shales
    • Shale-fluid interactions, proppant embedment and fracture conductivity
  • F12. New Experimental Methods for Measuring Multi-Phase Properties of Shales
    • Measuring permeability, wetability, oil saturation and oil recovery
  • F14. Experimental Measurement of Oil Recovery in Shales: Huff-n-Puff Gas Injection

Fracture Diagnostics Session

  • D1. Advances in DFIT Analysis: DFIT-Maestro
  • D2. Interpretation of Water Hammer Pressure Transient Data for Fracture Diagnostics
  • D3. Intra / Inter-well Pressure Interference Analysis: Pressure Interference Testing (PITA)
  • D4. Flowback Tracer Analysis for Fracture Diagnostics
  • D5. Fracture Diagnostics Using EM Methods
  • D6. Downhole Strain Measurements for Fracture Mapping

Sand  Control

  • S1. Prediction of Sand Failure and Sand Production: Sand Manager 2.0
  • S3. Application of Multi-Frac-3D to Water Injection Wells

Sponsor Information

Please see the Sponsor Information Area (password required) for information available to Hydraulic Fracturing & Sand Control project sponsors.

Principal Investigators

How to Join

To become a sponsor of the Hydraulic Fracturing & Sand Control Project, notify Mukul Sharma, stating your interest or intent. We will then send you a research participation agreement to be executed by your company and The University of Texas. You can contact us by mail, phone, fax, or e-mail as follows:

Dr. Mukul M. Sharma
Center for Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
200 E. Dean Keeton St. Stop C0304
CPE 2.502
Austin, Texas 78712

Phone: (512) 471-3257
Fax: (512) 471-9605
E-mail: msharma@mail.utexas.edu