Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Embedded Method for Near-Wellbore Streamline Simulation
by Wang, Bin, M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2017, 76; 10637616
Abstract (Summary)

Reactive transport phenomena, such as CO2 sequestration and Microbial EOR, have been of interest in streamline-based simulations. Tracing streamlines launched from a wellbore is important, especially for time-sensitive transport behaviors. However, discretized gridblocks are usually too large as compared to the wellbore radius. Field-scale simulations with local-grid-refinement (LGR) models often consume huge computational time. An embedded grid-free approach to integrate near-wellbore transport behaviors into streamline simulations is developed, which consists of two stages of development: tracing streamlines in a wellblock (a gridblock containing wells) and coupling streamlines with neighboring grids. The velocity field in a wellblock is produced based on a grid-less virtual boundary element method, where streamlines are numerically traced using the fourth-order Runge-Kutta (RK4) method. The local streamline system is then connected with the global streamline system which is produced by Pollock’s algorithm. Finally, the reactive transport equation will be solved along these streamlines.

The presented algorithm for solving near-wellbore streamlines is verified by both a commercial finite element simulator and Pollock-algorithm-based 3D streamline simulator. A series of computational cases of reactive transport simulation are studied to demonstrate the applicability, accuracy, and efficiency of the proposed method. Velocity field, time-of-flight (TOF), streamline pattern, and concentration distribution produced by different approaches are analyzed. Results show that the presented method can accurately perform near-wellbore streamline simulations in a time-efficient manner. The algorithm can be directly applied to one grid containing multiple wells or off-center wells, as well. Furthermore, assuming streamlines are evenly launched from the gridblock boundary or ignoring transport in the wellblock is not always reasonable, and may lead to a significant error.

This study provides a simple and grid-free solution, but is capable of capturing the flow field near the wellbore with significant accuracy and computational efficiency. The method is promising for streamline-based reservoir simulation with time-sensitive transport, and other simulations requiring an accurate assessment of interactions between wells in one particular gridblock.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Feng, Yin
Commitee: Guo, Boyun, Liu, Ning
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Petroleum Engineering
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Engineering, Petroleum engineering
Keywords: Boundary element method, Near-wellbore modeling, Reservoir simulation, Streamline-based simulation
Publication Number: 10637616
ISBN: 978-0-355-79757-2
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