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Experiments and Simulations of Fluid Flow in Heterogeneous Reservoir Models - Emphasis on Impacts from Crossbeds and Fractures

Abstract

Hydrocarbon recovery from subsurface reservoirs has become increasingly dependent on advanced recovery techniques that require improved understanding of the physics of fluid flow within and across geological units including small-scale heterogeneities and fractures. In this thesis, impacts from heterogeneities on local fluid flow are studied experimentally by means of imaging techniques to visualize fluid flow in two dimensions during flooding of larger reservoir models. Part 1 reflects the multi-disciplinary collaboration, by briefly introducing the relevant geology, the literature on experiments on fluid flow in bedded structures, and outlining the applied numerical simulator and imaging techniques applied to visualize fluid flow. The second part contains a synopsis of displacement experiments in naturally laminated sandstones and in crossbed laboratory models, and of the impact from incipient shear fractures on oil recovery. The detailed results obtained from the experiments and simulations are described in six papers, all included. 215 refs., 108 figs., 16 tabs.
Publication Date:
Dec 31, 1996
Product Type:
Thesis/Dissertation
Report Number:
NEI-NO-1035
Reference Number:
SCA: 020300; PA: NW-99:005072; EDB-99:039952; SN: 99002075258
Resource Relation:
Other Information: TH: Thesis (Dr.scient.); PBD: 1996
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; RESERVOIR ENGINEERING; RESERVOIR FLUIDS; RESERVOIR ROCK; FRACTURED RESERVOIRS; GEOLOGIC FRACTURES; SANDSTONES; OIL FIELDS; PETROLEUM; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; FLUID FLOW; HYDROCARBONS
OSTI ID:
328127
Research Organizations:
Bergen Univ. (Norway)
Country of Origin:
Norway
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ON: DE99733765; TRN: NO9905072
Availability:
OSTI as DE99733765
Submitting Site:
NW
Size:
183 p.
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Boerresen, Knut Arne. Experiments and Simulations of Fluid Flow in Heterogeneous Reservoir Models - Emphasis on Impacts from Crossbeds and Fractures. Norway: N. p., 1996. Web.
Boerresen, Knut Arne. Experiments and Simulations of Fluid Flow in Heterogeneous Reservoir Models - Emphasis on Impacts from Crossbeds and Fractures. Norway.
Boerresen, Knut Arne. 1996. "Experiments and Simulations of Fluid Flow in Heterogeneous Reservoir Models - Emphasis on Impacts from Crossbeds and Fractures." Norway.
@misc{etde_328127,
title = {Experiments and Simulations of Fluid Flow in Heterogeneous Reservoir Models - Emphasis on Impacts from Crossbeds and Fractures}
author = {Boerresen, Knut Arne}
abstractNote = {Hydrocarbon recovery from subsurface reservoirs has become increasingly dependent on advanced recovery techniques that require improved understanding of the physics of fluid flow within and across geological units including small-scale heterogeneities and fractures. In this thesis, impacts from heterogeneities on local fluid flow are studied experimentally by means of imaging techniques to visualize fluid flow in two dimensions during flooding of larger reservoir models. Part 1 reflects the multi-disciplinary collaboration, by briefly introducing the relevant geology, the literature on experiments on fluid flow in bedded structures, and outlining the applied numerical simulator and imaging techniques applied to visualize fluid flow. The second part contains a synopsis of displacement experiments in naturally laminated sandstones and in crossbed laboratory models, and of the impact from incipient shear fractures on oil recovery. The detailed results obtained from the experiments and simulations are described in six papers, all included. 215 refs., 108 figs., 16 tabs.}
place = {Norway}
year = {1996}
month = {Dec}
}