Mesh size refers to the number of openings in one square inch of a screen. As the mesh size increases, the number of particles captured decreases. Because fracking uses pressurized water to form cracks, the sand forms a slurry that helps prop open gas, extending the extraction window.
Using the right frac sand mesh size prevents the slurry from developing too quickly, slowing the flow of oil and gas and reducing yield. Learn more about the different types of mesh sand in today’s blog.
100 mesh sand size is the most commonly used frac sand in the oil and gas industry. The bulk density of 100 mesh sand provides the versatility needed for consistent fracing. Other benefits of 100 mesh frac sand include:
- Long-term conductivity
- High roundness and sphericity that minimizes fines generation
- High strength that withstands extreme closure stresses
40/80 mesh sand features larger grains than 100 mesh, which changes how the entire slurry mixture performs under extreme pressure. 40/80 frac sand has a high silica content that features high roundness and sphericity values. Other advantages of 40/80 mesh sand include:
- Low acid solubility that reduces dust
- High silica content that provides elite crush performance
- Inherent strength capable of withstanding high closure pressure
100 mesh sand features a greater crush resistance than 40/80. 100 mesh sand’s high particle density allows it to withstand pressures approaching 14,000 PSI.
40/80 mesh sand features a higher conductivity than 100, making it more efficient at transmitting reservoir fluid to the wellbore.
40/80 frac sand offers greater permeability, which improves mine efficiency.
Looking for a supplier of high-quality 100 mesh frac sand? Contact Pontotoc today and learn how our quality assurance process allows you to use our sand immediately upon arrival.
Proppant sand mined straight from the ground isn’t ready for immediate use. That’s why Pontotoc uses strict testing and sorting procedures to guarantee our products are “in spec.” This process includes:
Our sieve testing determines how much of our sand is within normal frac sand size specifications. At least 90% of the frac sand must fall within marketed mesh size standards to be considered acceptable.
All frac sand grains need to be a specific uniform shape to have the proper structure and filtration capabilities. The API RP 19c manual recommends that sphericity and roundness be .6 or above.
We electronically analyze millions of sand particles to determine an entire sample’s size and shape properties. This unbiased process helps determine sand quality.
Our acid tests indicate the amount of non-silica contaminants in a sample. High contaminant percentages that exceed 3% in 40/80 and 100 mesh sand are considered unsatisfactory.
Turbidity testing determines how dirty frac sand is and whether additional cleaning is needed.
Crush resistance is determined by crushing sand at predetermined stress levels and sieve analyzing again to determine the percentage of fines produced.
We know the critical role that tier 1 frac sand plays in the oil and gas industry. That’s why we use a thorough quality control process that washes and grades sand while removing debris before arrival at your facility. Our system allows you to use our sand immediately, saving you time and money.
Inefficient loading times disrupt your supply chain and reduce the efficiency of your business. Our truck loading process is completed in as little as seven minutes. We assign an automated bill of lading that’s scanned upon arrival at our facility; the sand is then loaded and immediately weighed before leaving. Our automated loading process makes ordering, dispatching, hauling, and tracking easier.
Our sand is mined directly from the Permian layer in Oklahoma, and we pride ourselves on our green initiatives. Contact Pontotoc today to see how our tier 1 40/80 and 100 mesh frac sand exceeds industry standards.