Fracking and Physics

7 Sep
Applied Physics Colloquia
Michael Marder, Department of Physics, UT Austin
Friday, September 7, 2018 -
4:00pm to 5:15pm
Pierce 209

Prospects for the future of US energy supply have changed because of a combination of horizontal drilling and hydrofracturing that was found economical 20 years ago, and has produced the fastest rise in the production of oil and gas in US history. The basic physics of fracked wells somewhat differs from wells in conventional reservoirs, and this has implications for the way that fields are being developed. Interesting physics problems arise when one tries to understand the transport mechanisms that make these wells function.

Dave Weitz
Matthew Zahnzinger