A new approach to counter-current spontaneous imbibition simulation using Green element method

Bagherinezhad, A ; Sharif University of Technology

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  1. Type of Document: Article
  2. DOI: 10.1016/j.petrol.2014.05.004
  3. Abstract:
  4. This paper develops a two dimensional Green element simulator based on a "compatibility-equation" algorithm for simulation of counter-current spontaneous imbibition (COUCSI) process. The Green element method is a novel computational approach based on the boundary integral theory, which is regarded as a hybrid combination of both boundary and finite element methods. The superiority of the Green element method in modeling of two phase water/oil flow is at the core of this paper. The developed simulator within the context of this proposition is explored to predict the oil recovery from a one dimensional single matrix block. The results are then compared with the experimental data, and they demonstrate the method[U+05F3]s accuracy at all times of the process. Moreover, the amount of oil recovered from two dimensional matrix block by counter-current imbibition is well predicted by the Green element method. A sensitivity analysis is eventually conducted which reflects the fact that the Green element method uses considerably fewer number of elements in order to obtain converged solutions in comparison with those of the traditional simulation methods
  5. Keywords:
  6. Compatibility-equation ; Green element method (GEM) ; Spontaneous imbibition ; Two phase flow simulation ; Algorithms ; Boundary integrals ; Computational approach ; Counter current ; Counter-current flow ; Counter-current imbibition ; Green element method ; Spontaneous imbibition ; Finite element method ; Algorithm ; Boundary integral method ; Computer simulation ; Enhanced oil recovery ; Imbibition ; Sensitivity analysis ; Two phase flow ; Water flow
  7. Source: Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering ; Vol. 119, issue , 2014 , p. 163-168
  8. URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0920410514001211