Black-oil simulations for three-component - three-phase flow in fractured porous media

Sebastian Geiger, Stephan K. Matthäi, J. Niessner, R. Helmig

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    Discrete-fracture modeling and simulation of two-phase flow in realistic representations of fractured reservoirs can now be used for the design of IOR and EOR strategies. Thus far, however, discrete fracture simulators fail to include a third compressible gaseous phase. This hinders the investigation of the performance of gas-gravity drainage, water alternating gas injection, and blow-down in fractured reservoirs.

    Here we present a new numerical method that expands the capabilities of existing Black-Oil models for three-component – three-phase flow in three ways: (i) It utilizes a finite element - finite volume discretization generalized to unstructured hybrid element meshes. (ii) It employs higher-order accurate representations of the flux terms. (iii) Flash calculations are carried out with an improved equation of state allowing for a more realistic treatment of phase behavior.

    We illustrate the robustness of this numerical method in several applications. First, quasi-1D simulations are used to demonstrate grid convergence. Then, 2D discrete fracture models are employed to illustrate the impact of mesh quality on predicted production rates in discrete fracture models. Finally, the proposed method is used to simulate three-component – three-phase flow in a realistic 2D model of fractured limestone mapped in the Bristol Channel, U.K. and a 3D stochastically generated discrete fracture model.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages1-14
    Number of pages14
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007
    EventEUROPEC/EAGE Conference and Exhibition - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 11 Jun 200714 Jun 2007

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    ConferenceEUROPEC/EAGE Conference and Exhibition
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityLondon
    Period11/06/0714/06/07

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    Porous materials
    Numerical methods
    Phase behavior
    Limestone
    Equations of state
    Two phase flow
    Drainage
    Gravitation
    Simulators
    Oils
    Fluxes
    Gases
    Water

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    Geiger, S., Matthäi, S. K., Niessner, J., & Helmig, R. (2007). Black-oil simulations for three-component - three-phase flow in fractured porous media. 1-14. Paper presented at EUROPEC/EAGE Conference and Exhibition, London, United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.2118/107485-MS
    Geiger, Sebastian ; Matthäi, Stephan K. ; Niessner, J. ; Helmig, R. / Black-oil simulations for three-component - three-phase flow in fractured porous media. Paper presented at EUROPEC/EAGE Conference and Exhibition, London, United Kingdom.14 p.
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    Geiger S, Matthäi SK, Niessner J, Helmig R. Black-oil simulations for three-component - three-phase flow in fractured porous media. 2007. Paper presented at EUROPEC/EAGE Conference and Exhibition, London, United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.2118/107485-MS