Study of unplugging sand control devices using shock waves

This research aims at better understanding the performance of Wireline Applied Stimulation Pulse (WASP) technique in formation damage reduction in oil and gas wells. Hydrocarbon production rate decreases as a result of plugging the sand control devices located in the wellbore region. Shock waves generated by the WASP technique help breaking the sources of formation damage into smaller pieces; As a result, small particles can be carried to the surface. This technique (i) efficiently retrieves the productivity of existing wells damaged during production and (ii) avoids the necessity of drilling new wells for recovering the remaining reserves. The main objectives of this research are (i) to propose a lab protocol for evaluating the performance of WASP on mitigation of formation damage and (ii) to optimize the parameters affecting the WASP performance at the field-scale.

Faculty Supervisor:

Mohtada Sadrzadeh


Ali Habibi


Blue Spark Energy Inc.


Engineering - mechanical


Oil and gas




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