Improving multiscale mixed finite element method for flow simulation in highly heterogeneous reservoir using adaptivity

Na Zhang, Bicheng Yan, Qian Sun, Yuhe Wang

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We present an adaptive Multiscale Mixed Finite Element Method (MsMFEM) for modeling multiphase flow in highly heterogeneous reservoir. In this framework, fractional flow model is used to approximate pressure and velocity solution on coarse scale, while resolution in fine scale is honored by the basis functions, which are calculated by local problems on fine scale. The adaptive computation in the flow problem is permitted by two different basis functions. In the numerical examples, our adaptive MsMFEM is applied to solve two dimensional and three dimensional reservoir simulation problems with highly heterogeneous porosity and permeability fields. The preliminary numerical simulation results presented show a significant speedup in comparison with the reference numerical method, which encourage and is beneficial for further investigation of the proposed method for reservoir numerical simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-388
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes



  • Adaptivity
  • Heterogeneity
  • Multiple scale
  • Multiscale mixed finite element method
  • Reservoir simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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