MODIFIED APPROACH FOR PROPPANT CONDUCTIVITY MEASUREMENT
Keywords:proppant, conductivity, non-Darcy flow, evaluation method
The main goal of this study is to combine two widely used standard proppant conductivity measurement methods in order to harvest some of their advantages in case of resin-coated proppants. The available literature was studied to determine which elements can be eliminated or modified for the measurement to simplify the method and shorten its length. The proposed measurement procedure provides as short a solution as possible while maintaining suitable accuracy. An additional object of the study is to investigate the effect of different flow rates through a propped pack and find the limit of non-Darcy flow. Since higher than recommended flow rates can be utilized, less complex differential pressure measurement devices can be used. Different evaluation methods have been tried out for improved solution.