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SHARP AND DIFFUSE FRONTS IN OIL RESERVOIRS: FRONT TRACKING AND CAPILLARITY

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000149396D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2007-Apr-01

Publishing Venue

Software Patent Institute

Related People

Glimm, James: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

James Glimm, Brent Lindquist, Oliver McBryan and Gretar Tryggvason June 1985 Supported by the Applied Mat.hematica1 Sciences subprogram of the Office of Energy Research, U. S. Department of Energy cmder Contract No. DE-AC02-76ER03077 UNCLASSIFIED DISCLAIMER This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neitherthe United States Government nor any aqency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express o r implied, o r assumes .any l e a l liability o r responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, o r represents that its use would not infrince privatelyowned rights. Reference herein t o any specific commercial product, process, o r service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, o r otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, o r favoring by the United States Government o r any aeency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state o r reflect those of the United States Government o r any agency thereof.

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UNCLASSIFIED

SHARP AND DIFFUSE FRONTS IN OIL RESERVOIRS:
FRONT TRACKING AND CAPILLARITY

James Glimm, Brent Lindquist,

Oliver McBryan and Gretar Tryggvason

June 1985

Supported by the Applied Mat.hematica1 Sciences
subprogram of the Office of Energy Research,
U. S. Department of Energy cmder Contract No. DE-AC02-76ER03077

UNCLASSIFIED

DOE/ER/03077-262

                 UC-32
Mathematics and Computers

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DISCLAIMER

This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored
by an agency of the United States Government. Neither
the United States Government nor any aqency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express o r implied, o r assumes .any l e ~ a l
liability o r responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, o r represents that its use would not infrince privately
owned rights. Reference herein t o any specific commercial product, process, o r service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, o r otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, o r favoring by the United States Government o r any aeency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state o r reflect those of the United States Government o r any agency thereof.

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Contents

Abstract

1. Introduction

2. Capillarity

3. The Unravel Algorithm

4. Well Competition

5. Multi-Wall Calculations

References

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Sharp and Diffuse Fronts in O i l Reservoirs:

Front Tracking and Capillarity

James Glimm 1,2

Brent Lindquist 2

Oliver McBryan 1,2,3

Gretar Tryggvason 1

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
New York Universiiry

New York, N.Y. 10012

ABSTRACT

A fingering interface instability occurs in laboratory studies of flow oil

reservoirs. The phenomenon has been captured nuimerically in a series of papers

by the authors and co-workers. The solution of a 20 year old problem posed by

Rachford is the lastest in this line of work, and w i l l be discussed here.

Multiple w e l l field scale reservoir studies are presented here using the front

tracking wethod, Since these field scale problems are normally plagues with grids

which are coarse in comparison to the details of wells, fronts and geological layers,

the potential advantage for the front tracking method, with an increased resolution...