Rapid Simulation of Multiphase Flow Through Fine-Scale Geostatistical Realizations Using a New, 3-D, Streamline Model: A Field Example
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A powerful, versatile, multiphase 3D streamline simulator for integrating fine-scale reservoir descriptions with dynamic performance predictions is described. The proposed model relies on the observation that in a velocity field derived by finite difference, streamlines can be approximated by piece-wise hyperbolas within grid blocks. Thus, the method can be easily applied in 3D and incorporated into conventional finite-difference simulators. Once streamlines are generated in three dimensions, a variety of one dimensional problems can be solved analytically along the streamlines. The advantage of the streamline simulator is demonstrated through comparisons with a commercial simulator for a waterflood pattern.
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Peddibhotla, S., Cubillos, H., Datta-Gupta, A., & Wu, C. H.