C&PE Department

Drilling, Hydraulic Fracturing and Acid Treatment Research

Research Projects:

Title: Application of Nanoparticles In Hydraulic Fracturing of Shale Reservoirs
Award: New Faculty General Research Fund
Funding Agency: KU Research and Graduate Studies
Duration: March 2013-March 2015



Title: Dual Application of Polyelectrolyte Complex Nanoparticles as Enzyme Breaker Carriers and Fluid Loss Additives for Fracturing Fluids
Award: Junior Faculty Research Initiation Fellowship
Funding Agency: Society of Petroleum Engineers
Duration: Dec. 2012-Dec.2014



Title: A New Environmentally- and Equipment-Friendly Blend for Matrix Acidizing and Acid Fracturing of the Mississippian Limestone Formation
Duration: Oct. 2012- Oct. 2018
CT images of two Indiana Limestone Cores matrix acidized with UltraFrack (LHS), an environmentally friendly poduct with slower rate of reaction, and  15% HCl (RHS). Please open with IE if Mozilla does not open the videos. CT images are taken by the Piri Research Group at the University of Wyoming.

/sites/barati.drupal.ku.edu/files/files/7D-UF-40C-500psi.mp4

/sites/barati.drupal.ku.edu/files/files/8D-HCl-40C-500psi.mp4



Title: Simulation Study of Hydraulic Fracture Propagation and Cleanup in Tight Unconventional Reservoirs. 
Funding Agency: KICC
Duration: Jan.2014-May 2015



Title: Improving Water Management, Treatment and Recovery in Oil and Gas Production.
Funding Agency: 
NSF-EPSCoR
Duration: August 2016- August 2020


 
Research Equipment:
 
- Fracture Conductivity Setup for Hydraulic Fracturing and Acid Fracturing Studies

- Coreflooding Setup for Formation Damage and Matrix Acidizing

- Dynamic and Static Fluid Loss Systems with Two Shear Loops

- HPHT CO2-Foam Fracturing Setup with Flow Loop, View Cell, Dynamic Fluid Loss, and Sand Pack Modules

- HPHT Interfacial Tension Angle Measurement Setup

- HPHT Rheometer for Fracturing Fluids and Foam Studies

- HPHT Rotating Disc Acid Reaction and Corrosion System

- HPHT Gas Huff-n-Puff Setup for Shale IOR

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