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RESEARCH PAPERS: Rock Mechanics

Reservoir Performance in Viscoelastic Porous Media

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F. M. Rago, H. Ohkuma, K. Sepehrnoori, T. W. Thompson

Department of Petroleum Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Tex. 78712

J. Energy Resour. Technol 107(4), 527-533 (Dec 01, 1985) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3231230 History: Received September 25, 1984; Revised August 26, 1985; Online October 22, 2009

Abstract

The mass balance equations for a two-phase two-component fluid system are written for viscoelastic porous media. The resulting equations are approximated by finite differences and the resulting numerical simulator is used to conduct a sensitivity study on the effects of uniaxial viscoelastic deformation in geopressured aquifers. Results of this study indicate that viscoelastic deformation may have considerable influence on the pressure maintenance of these aquifers. A numerical model of the geopressured aquifer in Brazoria County, Texas, is constructed and the numerical simulator is used to predict the ultimate recovery of solution gas from this viscoelastic geopressured aquifer.

Copyright © 1985 by ASME
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