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Upscaling Fluid-Flow and Geomechanical Properties in Coupled Matrix+Fractures+Fluids Systems

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mohamed Rouainia


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A discussion covers initial results that demonstrate the feasibility of calculating coupled, upscaled flow, and geomechanical properties for geological systems composed of realistic configurations of fracture-bounded porous blocks of rock; a single-phase fluid system; the interactions of matrix+fracture systems, which were simulated using discontinuous deformation analysis (DDA); the integrated (loosely-coupled) simulation environment, HYDRO-DDA, which allows to represent the fluid flow through systems of matrix blocks and their bounding, open fractures, and the way that the fluid pressures alter the mechanical responses of the blocky system; design rationale; details of the HYDRO-DDA simulation environment; upscaling of simple coupled systems; and application to caprock seal capacity.

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Author(s): Couples GD, Lewis H, Reynolds MA, Pickup GE, Ma J, Rouainia M, Bicanic N, Pearce CJ

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: SPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium Proceedings

Year of Conference: 2003

Pages: -

Publisher: Society of Petroleum Engineers