More accurate numerical scheme for locally refined meshes in heterogeneous reservoirs

Thierry Hermitte, Dominique Guerillot

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During reservoir simulation, the process of inferring the behavior of a real reservoir from the performance of a mathematical model implies a coarse discretization of the region to be simulated. The use of large size grids (blocks of several hundred of meters) increase numerical dispersion, therefore masking the physical phenomena actually occuring. The simulation then does not take into account wellbore effects, fluid fronts, etc. In that case, results are not accurate and thus unreliable. Reduction of the grid block size improves results accuracy but increases the number of blocks. Running costs become then too high. In order to decrease the grid block sizes without significantly increasing their number, Adaptive Mesh Refinement Method can be successfully applied whereby the grid is locally refined when certain physical phenomena are expected to occur and need a better precision at the local level. For such a method to be successful, a dynamic data structure is needed as well as a higher order numerical scheme for pressure and saturation. The main difficulties are to approximate the fluid fluxes at the interface of two blocks belonging to two regions having been refined differently. Indeed, in this situation the block nodes are not aligned anymore, thus requiring a higher order approximation. The problem is then to obtain a numerical scheme having excellent theoretical properties such as conservativity and convergence. This paper presents a new numerical scheme (conservative and convergent) with a good accuracy through use of locally refined grids. Furthermore, this new Scheme for Local Refinement Technics, SLRT, takes into account reservoir heterogeneity. A comparison was made between this new scheme (SLRT) and other schemes suited for locally refined grids both for homogeneous and heterogeneous media. We show that this new scheme gives a better approximation for pressure and saturation. It can be easily implemented on any available simulator.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the SPE Symposium on Reservoir Simulation
PublisherPubl by Soc of Petroleum Engineers of AIME
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 12th SPE Symposium on Reservoir Simulation - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: 28 Feb 19933 Mar 1993


OtherProceedings of the 12th SPE Symposium on Reservoir Simulation
CityNew Orleans, LA, USA


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology

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Hermitte, T., & Guerillot, D. (1993). More accurate numerical scheme for locally refined meshes in heterogeneous reservoirs. In Proceedings of the SPE Symposium on Reservoir Simulation (pp. 321-331). Publ by Soc of Petroleum Engineers of AIME.