Ekkawong, Peerapong (2013-08). Multiobjective Design and Optimization of Polymer Flood Performance. Master's Thesis. Thesis uri icon


  • The multiobjective genetic algorithm can be used to optimize two conflicting objectives, oil production and polymer utility factor in polymer flood design. This approach provides a set of optimal solutions which can be considered as trade-off curve (Pareto front) to maximize oil production while preserving polymer performance. Then an optimal polymer flood design can be considered from post-optimization analysis. A 2D synthetic example, and a 3D field-scale application, accounting for geologic uncertainty, showed that beyond the optimal design, a relatively minor increase in oil production requires much more polymer injection and the polymer utility factor increases substantially.

publication date

  • August 2013