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A generalized streamline method to predict reservoir flow

Martin J. Blunt, Kuiran Liu and Marco R. Thiele
A generalized streamline method to predict reservoir flow
Petroleum Geoscience (August 1996) 2 (3): 259-269


We present a generalized streamline method to model flow in porous media, including the effects of gravity and dispersion. We first describe the theory and discuss the approximations of the method, and then compare the predictions using the streamline technique against two-dimensional numerical simulations of incompressible miscible flow. In the cases we studied, the streamline method predicts recovery with an average error of at most 5%, where the principal flow directions are governed by the pattern of permeability, and for gravity numbers less than or equal to 1 and mobility ratios of 10 or less. The streamline method does not suffer from numerical dispersion and is more than 100 times faster than conventional simulation.

ISSN: 1354-0793
EISSN: 2041-496X
Serial Title: Petroleum Geoscience
Serial Volume: 2
Serial Issue: 3
Title: A generalized streamline method to predict reservoir flow
Affiliation: Stanford University, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Stanford, CA, United States
Pages: 259-269
Published: 199608
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society Publishing House, London, United Kingdom
References: 24
Accession Number: 1996-081002
Categories: Economic geology, geology of energy sources
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: Includes appendix
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 199624
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