Fracture diagnosis by Analysis of Water Hammer Signatures

"Analysis of Water Hammer Signatures for Fracture Diagnostics," SPE 174866, Presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Houston, Texas, U.S.A., September 28-30, 2015, M.A. Carey and M.M. Sharma.  

Water Hammer Fracture Diagnostics (MS Thesis by Michael A. Carey)

"Correlating Water hammer Signatures with Production Log and Microseismic Data in Fractured Horizontal Wells," SPE-179108-MS, Presented at the SPE Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference, The Woodlands, Texas, U.S.A., Februarty 9-11, 2016. M.A. Carey, S. Mondal, M.M. Sharma, and D.B. Herbert.  

"Hydraulic Fracture Diagnostics and Stress Interference Analysis by Water Hammer Signatures in Multi-Stage Pumping Data." URTEC 2687423, Presented at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, Austin, Texas, U.S.A., July 24-26, 2017, J. Hwang, M.J. Szabian and M.M. Sharma.

"Sand Production Caused by Water Hammer Events: Implications for Shut-In Protocols and Design of Water Injection Wells," Presented at the SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Formation Damage Control, Lafayatte, Louisiana, U.S.A., February 7-9, 2018, H. Wang, J. Hwang and M.M. Sharma



Water Hammer-Pro

Fracture Diagnostics Using Pressure Data

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What is Water Hammer-Pro?

Water Hammer-Pro is a fracture diagnostic tool for multi-stage hydraulic fracture treatments. Water Hammer-Pro provides an estimate of fracture dimensions by analyzing water hammer signature data that is readily available for any fracture treatment.



Motivation behind Water Hammer

Water Hammer-Pro signature exists in every fracture treatment. Water hammer refers to the pressure fluctuations which occur immediately after shut-in (stoppage of pumps). It is essentially free data as surface pressure and flowrate are always recorded during fracture treatments.

Unique Capabilities

Water Hammer-Pro solves a transient flow problem in a Wellhead-Wellbore-Fracture system, which allows a user to address questions such as: 

  • What are the induced fracture dimensions including length, height, and width? 
  • What are the fracture dimensions when multiple fractures are growing in a stage? 
  • How does the stimulated reservoir volume change in each stage from toe to heel? 
  • How do other fracture diagnostic data compare with water hammer analysis? (Microseismic, long-term production, DTS/DAS, and so on) 
  • How does fracture treatment design impact water hammer signature and predicted fracture dimensions? 
  • How do ISIP, net pressure and near-well pressure drop change over stages?