The Impact of Contact Area and Fracture Surface Roughness on Fluid Flow in Fractured Reservoirs

Faisal Aljuboori, Jang Lee, Khaled Elraies, Karl Dunbar Stephen

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Abstract

Estimation of effective fracture permeability depends mainly on the geometry of the void space between the fracture surfaces. Sometimes, these void spaces are closed partially or totally due to different reasons, which create a contact area between the fracture surfaces. These contact areas causing the fluid to follow a tortuous path to flow around them which, reducing the permeability magnitude significantly.
In this study, a digitised fracture network of Kef Eddour formation has used to investigate the impact of contact areas and variable aperture width on the effective fracture permeability by using discrete fracture networks approach. Moreover, a statistical analysis of the fracture width has used to build a stochastic aperture distribution.
The results enable us to improve the fracture permeability estimation by considering the impact of contact areas, which results from (e.g., cementation, rock expansion).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Workshop on Modelling, Simulation & Optimization for Geosciences & Petroleum Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2017
EventInternational Workshop on Modelling, Simulation & Optimization for Geosciences & Petroleum Engineering - Universi Technologi Petronas, Perak, Malaysia
Duration: 17 Dec 201718 Feb 2018
Conference number: 3
http://www.wcicme.com/MSO-Geo&PE17/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Workshop on Modelling, Simulation & Optimization for Geosciences & Petroleum Engineering
Abbreviated titleMSOGeoPE17
CountryMalaysia
CityPerak
Period17/12/1718/02/18
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    Aljuboori, F., Lee, J., Elraies, K., & Stephen, K. D. (2017). The Impact of Contact Area and Fracture Surface Roughness on Fluid Flow in Fractured Reservoirs. In International Workshop on Modelling, Simulation & Optimization for Geosciences & Petroleum Engineering