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Electrofracturing test system and method of determining material characteristics of electrofractured material samples

United States Patent

August 1, 2017
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A device for electrofracturing a material sample and analyzing the material sample is disclosed. The device simulates an in situ electrofracturing environment so as to obtain electrofractured material characteristics representative of field applications while allowing permeability testing of the fractured sample under in situ conditions.
Bauer; Stephen J. (Albuquerque, NM), Glover; Steven F. (Albuquerque, NM), Pfeifle; Tom (Albuquerque, NM), Su; Jiann-Cherng (Albuquerque, NM), Williamson; Kenneth Martin (Albuquerque, NM), Broome; Scott Thomas (Santa Fe, NM), Gardner; William Payton (Albuquerque, NM), Pena; Gary (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
14/ 625,287
February 18, 2015
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 between the United States Department of Energy and Sandia Corporation, for the operation of the Sandia National Laboratories.