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Method for Determining Spacing of Hydraulic Fractures in a Rock Formation

United States Patent Application

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Methods of the present disclosure include determining an expected trajectory of induced fractures in a rock formation, analyzing net pressure associated with the induced fractures, and determining at least one of spacing of induced fractures and a property of the induced fractures based on the net pressure. Computer-readable medium containing the method are also disclosed. Other related methods are also disclosed.
Roussel, Nicolas P. (Houston, TX), Sharma, Mukul M. (Austin, TX)
13/ 531,031
June 22, 2012
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with government support under DE-AC26-07NT42677 awarded by The Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights in the invention.