North Dakota State University researches hydraulic fracturing materials
The Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering at North Dakota State University are researching 198 clay samples for their potential use in ceramic proppant. Ceramic proppant is used in hydraulic fracturing to keep fractures open underground for natural gas and oil to escape and be collected at the surface of the well. The research will take five months and come from a number of North Dakota counties and might determine if North Dakota could supply some of the needed proppant for continued oil and gas development. Read the proppant research story in the Dickinson Press.
See a video of the hydraulic fracturing process and how proppant (a mixture of sand, water and chemicals) is used: