Using percolation theory to predict oil field performance

King, Peter, López, Eduardo, Buldyrev, Sergey, Dokholyan, Nikolas, Havlin, Shlomo, Paul, Gerald and Stanley, Eugene (2002) Using percolation theory to predict oil field performance. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 314 (1-4). pp. 103-108.


In this paper, we apply scaling laws from percolation theory to the problem of estimating the time for a fluid injected into an oil field to breakthrough into a production well. The main contribution is to show that when these previously published results are used on realistic data they are in good agreement with results calculated in a more conventional way but they can be obtained significantly more quickly. As a result they may be used in practical engineering circumstances and aid decision making for real field problems.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Percolation; Scaling; Oil recovery; Flow in porous media
Subject(s): Complexity
Centre: CABDyN Complexity Centre
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2012 21:23
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06

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