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K-State Today

April 6, 2021

Geology faculty member funded by Saudi Aramco to study reactive transport in fractures

Submitted by Behzad Ghanbarian

Behzad Ghanbarian, assistant professor of geology, was funded by the Saudi Aramco company to provide numerical insights for an improved hydraulic fracturing treatment, enlarging fracture aperture and enhancing well productivity in tight reservoirs.

Unconventional reservoirs are distributed all around the world with an estimated endowment worldwide of several thousand trillion cubic feet. Shale reservoirs have been successfully explored and produced in the United States, and they recently became one of the major contributors to energy supplies. 

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