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Title: Geomechanical Model Calibration Using Field Measurements for a Petroleum Reserve

Abstract

A finite element numerical analysis model has been constructed that consists of a mesh that effectively captures the geometries of Bayou Choctaw (BC) Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) site and multimechanism deformation (M-D) salt constitutive model using the daily data of actual wellhead pressure and oil–brine interface location. The salt creep rate is not uniform in the salt dome, and the creep test data for BC salt are limited. Therefore, the model calibration is necessary to simulate the geomechanical behavior of the salt dome. The cavern volumetric closures of SPR caverns calculated from CAVEMAN are used as the field baseline measurement. The structure factor, A2, and transient strain limit factor, Ko, in the M-D constitutive model are used for the calibration. The value of A2, obtained experimentally from BC salt, and the value of Ko, obtained from Waste Isolation Pilot Plant salt, are used for the baseline values. To adjust the magnitude of A2 and K0, multiplication factors A2F and KoF are defined, respectively. The A2F and K0F values of the salt dome and salt drawdown skins surrounding each SPR cavern have been determined through a number of back analyses. The cavern volumetric closures calculated from this model correspond to themore » predictions from CAVEMAN for six SPR caverns. Therefore, this model is able to predict behaviors of the salt dome, caverns, caprock, and interbed layers. In conclusion, the geotechnical concerns associated with the BC site from this analysis will be explained in a follow-up paper.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1420770
Report Number(s):
SAND2017-1917J
Journal ID: ISSN 0723-2632; 653988
Grant/Contract Number:  
NA0003525
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 51; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 0723-2632
Publisher:
Springer
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; 02 PETROLEUM

Citation Formats

Park, Byoung Yoon, Sobolik, Steven R., and Herrick, Courtney G. Geomechanical Model Calibration Using Field Measurements for a Petroleum Reserve. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1007/s00603-017-1370-4.
Park, Byoung Yoon, Sobolik, Steven R., & Herrick, Courtney G. Geomechanical Model Calibration Using Field Measurements for a Petroleum Reserve. United States. doi:10.1007/s00603-017-1370-4.
Park, Byoung Yoon, Sobolik, Steven R., and Herrick, Courtney G. Fri . "Geomechanical Model Calibration Using Field Measurements for a Petroleum Reserve". United States. doi:10.1007/s00603-017-1370-4. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1420770.
@article{osti_1420770,
title = {Geomechanical Model Calibration Using Field Measurements for a Petroleum Reserve},
author = {Park, Byoung Yoon and Sobolik, Steven R. and Herrick, Courtney G.},
abstractNote = {A finite element numerical analysis model has been constructed that consists of a mesh that effectively captures the geometries of Bayou Choctaw (BC) Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) site and multimechanism deformation (M-D) salt constitutive model using the daily data of actual wellhead pressure and oil–brine interface location. The salt creep rate is not uniform in the salt dome, and the creep test data for BC salt are limited. Therefore, the model calibration is necessary to simulate the geomechanical behavior of the salt dome. The cavern volumetric closures of SPR caverns calculated from CAVEMAN are used as the field baseline measurement. The structure factor, A2, and transient strain limit factor, Ko, in the M-D constitutive model are used for the calibration. The value of A2, obtained experimentally from BC salt, and the value of Ko, obtained from Waste Isolation Pilot Plant salt, are used for the baseline values. To adjust the magnitude of A2 and K0, multiplication factors A2F and KoF are defined, respectively. The A2F and K0F values of the salt dome and salt drawdown skins surrounding each SPR cavern have been determined through a number of back analyses. The cavern volumetric closures calculated from this model correspond to the predictions from CAVEMAN for six SPR caverns. Therefore, this model is able to predict behaviors of the salt dome, caverns, caprock, and interbed layers. In conclusion, the geotechnical concerns associated with the BC site from this analysis will be explained in a follow-up paper.},
doi = {10.1007/s00603-017-1370-4},
journal = {Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering},
number = 3,
volume = 51,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {1}
}

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Construction of hexahedral finite element mesh capturing realistic geometries of a petroleum reserve
journal, November 2017

  • Park, Byoung Yoon; Roberts, Barry L.; Sobolik, Steven R.
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