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Charles Kang ResFrac

Charles A. Kang

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Charles Kang is an engineer experienced in developing software tools for the modeling, optimization, and visualization of subsurface and energy systems.

Prior to ResFrac, he served as R&D Director at Tiandi Energy, an oilfield data services company. Charles received a PhD in energy resources engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering physics from UC Berkeley. Charles’s academic research is focused on the optimization of energy systems and hydraulic fracturing.

His awards include:

  • Hank Ramey Award for Outstanding Research and Service to the Department, Stanford Department of Energy Resources Engineering, 2014
  • Illich-Sadowsky Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, Stanford Vice Provost for Graduate Education, 2012

Click here for a list of Charles’ publications.

Charles's posts

Horizontal hydraulic fractures in shales: are they real?

In ResFrac, we are always challenging ourselves—what should we be doing better? What new capabilities should we add to the simulator? One of our newest projects is adding horizontal fracture propagation. Under most conditions, hydraulic fractures form vertically, not laterally. However, in specific circumstances, horizontal fractures develop. Sometimes, they form in addition to vertical fractures, and sometimes, they form exclusively without any vertical fractures. Horizontal fracture propagation has not conventionally been included in commercial hydraulic fracturing simulators, but we think this is a capability well-worth developing.

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Previewing the Seven(!) ResFrac Papers to be Presented at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference

Next week, ResFrac will be coauthoring seven papers at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC). These papers include: operator case studies in the Haynesville, Marcellus, and Bakken, a study quantifying the effect of proppant uniformity on production and economics, a new procedure generalizing the Devon Quantification of Interference (DQI) method, and an excellent paper by a University of Texas PhD student on proppant flowback.

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Welcoming Dr. Thomas Finkbeiner to the team as a Senior Technical Advisor

ResFrac is honored to welcome Dr. Thomas Finkbeiner to the team as a Senior Technical Advisor. Having lived many years in the region and consulted with Saudi Aramco and others, Thomas brings valuable technical and regional expertise to the ResFrac team. We look forward to his contribution as we develop and penetrate the rapidly growing Middle East market.

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