Upscaling fluid-flow and geomechanical properties in coupled matrix+fractures+fluids systems

Gary Douglas Couples, Margaret Helen Lewis, Mark Andrew Reynolds, Gillian Elizabeth Pickup, Jingsheng Ma, Mohamed Rouainia, Nenad Bicanic, Christopher Pearce

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    We have developed a coupled simulation approach, HYDRO-DDA, which calculates the fluid flow through, and geomechanical interactions within, a system of matrix blocks plus their bounding fractures. The flow and deformation behaviours of these simple, but realistic, systems do not agree with common “rules-of-thumb”. The upscaled properties of these systems can potentially be used within large-cell reservoir simulations, but some of our models show severe non-linearities and bifurcations, suggesting that coupled hydrogeomechanical upscaling requires due consideration of the context.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003
    EventSPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium 2003 - Houston, Texas, United States
    Duration: 3 Feb 20035 Feb 2003


    ConferenceSPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium 2003
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityHouston, Texas


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