04345650 is referenced by 88 patents and cites 7 patents.

Process and apparatus for electrohydraulic recovery of crude oil wherein an explosive, ablative electric spark is generated at or near a subsurface oil bearing formation and which generates shock waves and hydraulic waves that radiate or propogate outwardly into the formation and cause forcible migration of oil toward adjacent collection wells. Electrical energy, which is well within the load-carrying capacity of an electrical service cable extending into the well, is stored at or near the level of the oil bearing formation by a capacitor bank. A spark gap across electrodes is broken down by discharging current from an injector capacitor bank after which a current of substantial magnitude is discharged from a main capacitor bank into the broken down spark gap, thus generating the explosive spark.

Title
Process and apparatus for electrohydraulic recovery of crude oil
Application Number
6/139438
Publication Number
4345650
Application Date
April 11, 1980
Publication Date
August 24, 1982
Inventor
Richard H Wesley
P.O. Box 218429, Houston, 77218
TX, US
Agent
Gunn Lee & Jackson
IPC
E21B 43/25
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