Cross-linked polymer nanocomposite networks coated nano sand light-weight proppants for hydraulic fracturing applications

Mohan Raj Krishnan, Wengang Li, Edreese Housni Alsharaeh

Article ID: 3314
Vol 6, Issue 2, 2023

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Abstract


Three-dimensionally cross-linked polymer nanocomposite networks coated nano sand light-weight proppants (LWPs) were successfully prepared via ball-milling the macro sand and subsequently modifying the resultant nano sand with sequential polymer nanocomposite coating. The modified nano sand proppants had good sphericity and roundness. Thermal analyses showed that the samples can withstand up to 411 ℃. Moreover, the proppant samples’ specific gravity (S.G.) was 1.02–1.10 g/cm3 with excellent water dispersibility. Therefore, cross-linked polymer nanocomposite networks coated nano sand particles can act as potential candidates as water-carrying proppants for hydraulic fracturing operations.


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proppants; nano sand; polymer; nanocomposites; graphene; hydraulic fracturing

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