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DOE / LBNL – Supported R&D on Optical Time Domain Reflectometer Dynamic Strain Sensing System Development and Application to Hydraulic Fracture

    CSI, in collaboration with Texas A&M University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is part of a research team dedicated to establishing a cutting-edge field laboratory in the hydrocarbon-rich Eagle Ford Shale formation. Supported by the Department of Energy (DOE), their objective is to advance the field of unconventional oil and natural gas recovery through research and development. This ambitious project focuses on testing advanced monitoring solutions for hydraulic fracturing and enhanced oil recovery. By integrating various optical fiber sensing technologies into observation wells, the team aims to achieve real-time monitoring of fracture propagation and stimulated volume during new stimulation and re-fracturing operations. CSI’s self-developed distributed optical fiber sensing technology is utilized to detect strain responses throughout different fracturing stages in both stimulated and observation wells.

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    Self-developed distributed fiber optic sensing system deployed at the test field site

    Collaborator: Department of Energy (DOE), Texas A&M University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

    Researchers: Linqing Luo (LBNL), Kenichi Soga (UC Berkeley)

    Domains: Energy Systems

    Capabilities: Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing (DFOS) – Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS)

    Publications: TBA!