• R. Akkal Laboratoire de G_enie Minier, Ecole Nationale Polytechnique, Departement de Génie Minier, 10 Avenue Hassen Badi BP 182 el harrach Alger
  • M. Khodja Sonatrach/Division Technologies et Innovation, Avenue du 1er Novembre, 35000 Boumerdès




Aeolian sand;rheological properties; fracturing fluids; yield value.


A method of extracting natural gas from shale rock formations is hydraulic fracturing. The nearly water-based fracking fluid consists of cross-linking agents, mineral salts, pH-adjusting agents, and other components to control rheological behaviour. The fracturing fluid is pumped deep into a well at high pressure to crack the shale layer in order to access the natural gas. Once the fractures are formed, proppants, usually crystalline silica, keep them open, filling in the cracks created to allow the proper flow of hydrocarbons. This research explores the rheological properties of XLFC-1B polymer (gel-forming) and a borate complex (crosslinker XLW-56) as additives solutions, existing components used in hydraulic fracturing using local sands, including aoelian and quarries sands. Tests have shown that liquids exhibit viscoelastic behavior that allows them to hold the proppants and place them in fractures. It must also be established that these fluids ' minimal stress allows the liquid to flow.


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How to Cite

AKKAL, R.; KHODJA, M. RHEOLOGICAL PROPERTIES STUDY OF FRACTURING FLUIDS USING LOCAL SANDS. Journal of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, [S. l.], v. 12, n. 1S, p. 158–176, 2019. DOI: 10.4314/jfas.v12i1S.12. Disponível em: https://www.jfas.info/index.php/JFAS/article/view/656. Acesso em: 24 mar. 2023.