A Study of the Effect of Inhomogeneities on Immiscible Flow in Naturally Fractured Reservoirs

  • Jim DouglasJr.
  • Jeffrey L. Hensley
  • Paulo Jorge Paes Leme
Part of the ISNM International Series of Numerical Mathematics book series (ISNM, volume 114)


The so-called medium block model for two-phase, immiscible, incompressible flow in a naturally-fractured petroleum reservoir is extended to admit inhomogeneous and non-periodic physical properties in both fractures and matrix blocks. In particular, a number of block types is allowed over each point in the reservoir, along with inhomogeneous physical properties. Numerical studies are performed to analyze the dependence of the flow on these properties for both vertical cross-sections and five-spot injection.


Relative Permeability Matrix Block Production Curve Fracture Permeability Fracture Reservoir 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jim DouglasJr.
    • 1
  • Jeffrey L. Hensley
    • 2
  • Paulo Jorge Paes Leme
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Center for Parallel and Scientific ComputingUniversity of TulsaTulsaUSA
  3. 3.Institute PolitécnicoUniversidade do Estado do Rio de JaneiroNova FriburgoBrazil
  4. 4.Departamento de MatemáticaPontifícia Universidade Católica do R.J.Rio de JaneiroBrazil

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