Numerical simulation of the imbibition process in fractured reservoirs

Habib Menouar, Roy M. Knapp

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Abstract

This paper describes an algorithm for simulating matrix fractured reservoirs. Response curves for individual matrix blocks developed by numerically simulating the inhibition processes in individual blocks for several sets of boundary conditions are coupled in an iterative process to describe vertical water movement and oil production in the simulator. This simulator can be used to estimate the efficiency of waterflooding in matrix fractured reservoirs as a function of reservoir and matrix block description and planned waterflooding rates. The simulator has been used on an example reservoir to develop some general results and conclusions. For matrix fractured reservoirs, ultimate recoveries will be greater if there are relative few blocks in the vertical direction and flooding rates are kept low. If individual blocks are tall and flooding rates are high low recoveries can be expected. The water oil ratio increases more rapidly in matrix fractured reservoirs after water breakthrough than in homogeneous reservoirs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 1980
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
ISBN (Electronic)9781555636937
DOIs
StatePublished - 1980
Event55th Annual Fall Technical Conference and Exhibition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers 1980 - Dallas, United States
Duration: Sep 21 1980Sep 24 1980

Publication series

NameProceedings - SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition
Volume1980-September

Conference

Conference55th Annual Fall Technical Conference and Exhibition of the Society of Petroleum Engineers 1980
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDallas
Period09/21/8009/24/80

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