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HYDRAULIC FRACTURING APPLICATIONS EMPLOYING MICROENERGETIC PARTICLES

United States Patent Application

20160053164
A1
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Microenergetic particles can be employed in hydraulic fracturing of oil or gas wells. By exciting the microenergetic particles, an operator performing a fracture job can better map the fracture process and/or increase the extent of fracturing over what can be accomplished using only pumps. By deploying microenergetic particles during the fracturing of an oil or gas well, but not exciting the microenergetic particles until there is a reduction of production, an operator can extend the time periods between well stimulations.
Gupta, D.V. Satyanarayana (The Woodlands, TX), Lafollette, Randal F. (Conroe, TX)
BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED (Houston TX)
14/ 831,510
August 20, 2015
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made under a CRADA TC02201.0 between Baker Hughes Incorporated and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory operated for the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.