State-of-the-Art of Thermal Recovery Models

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S. M. Farouq Ali

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

J. Ferrer

University of Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela

J. Energy Resour. Technol 103(4), 296-300 (Dec 01, 1981) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3230857 History: Received August 24, 1981; Online October 22, 2009


Thermal recovery models for oil recovery consist of steam injection and in-situ combustion simulators. At the present time, steam injection simulators have been developed to a point where it is possible to reliably simulate portions of a fieldwide flood. Cyclic steam stimulation simulation still entails a number of questionable assumptions. Formation parting cannot be simulated in either case. In-situ combustion simulators lack the capability for front tracking. Even though the models are rather sophisticated, process mechanism description and input data are inadequate.

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