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Open Access Fabrication of Low-density Heat-Resistance Polystyrene/Carbon Black Composite Microspheres Used as Hydraulic Fracturing Proppant

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A series of polystyrene/carbon black composite microspheres as oil fracturing low-density proppant have been successfully synthesized via one-step technique of suspension polymerization. The apparent density of the microspheres was around 1.025–1.077 g/cm3 which favored the hydraulic transportation in oil drilling; the thermal stability of the proppants was improved remarkably. The oil permeation performance of low density proppants with optimum addition of CB was superior to commercial available products. Hence, PS/CB composite microspheres serving as the newly developed low-cost and low-density proppant would have a good prospect in the field of oil exploitation.

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Keywords: CARBON BLACK; HYDRAULIC FRACTURING; LOW-DENSITY PROPPANT; MICROSPHERE; POLYSTYRENE COMPOSITE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2019

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