Percolation Theory in Reservoir Engineering

Percolation Theory in Reservoir Engineering

Peter R King, Mohsen Masihi


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This book aims to develop the ideas from fundamentals of percolation theory to practical reservoir engineering applications. Through a focus on field scale applications of percolation concepts to reservoir engineering problems, it offers an approximation method to determine many important reservoir parameters, such as effective permeability and reservoir connectivity and the physical analysis of some reservoir engineering properties. Starring with the concept of percolation theory, it then develops into methods to simple geological systems like sand-bodies and fractures. The accuracy and efficiency of the percolation concept for these is explained and further extended to more complex realistic models.

Percolation Theory in Reservoir Engineering primarily focuses on larger reservoir scale flow and demonstrates methods that can be used to estimate large scale properties and their uncertainty, crucial for major development and investment decisions in hydrocarbon recovery.

  • Introduction
  • Percolation Theory — The Basics
  • Continuum Percolation for Geological Models
  • The Connectivity of Overlapping Sandbodies
  • Percolation and Fracture Systems
  • Backbone, Dangling Ends and Effective Permeability
  • Beyond Simple Percolation
  • Dynamic Reservoir Prediction Using Percolation
  • Percolation and Pore-Scale Applications

Readership: Graduates and researchers interested or working in reservoir engineering.
Key Features:
  • It provides a survey of state of the art application of percolation theory to large scale flow in porous media applicable in a wide range of potential industrial and scientific applications