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The complexity of the fracture network, formed by the interaction of hydraulic fractures and natural fractures during hydraulic fracturing, is one of the important criteria for guiding shale gas field production. In this study, we selected the deep shale of the Longmaxi formation as the object of study. Through indoor hydraulic fracturing experiments and fracture 3-D reconstruction technology, we conducted a quantitative study on the complexity of the fracture network created by the influence of hydraulic and natural fractures interacting with each other during hydraulic fracturing. The results show that the fractal dimensions, average connection numbers of topological structure branches, and relative lengths of fracture intersections for hydraulic fractures in 10 groups of specimens are 1.93-2.27, 0-1.143, and 1.02-1.98, respectively.
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THERMAL SCIENCE YEAR 2024, VOLUME 28, ISSUE Issue 2, PAGES [1029 - 1035]
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