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Subject/Keyword
geomechanics
simulation
streamline
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Rodriguez-de la Torre, Rhamid Hortensia
Supervisor and department
Chalaturnyk, Richard J. (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Trivedi, Japan (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Chalaturnyk, Richard J. (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Gupta, Rajender (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
Trivedi, Japan (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Department
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Specialization

Date accepted
2009-10-30T20:24:50Z
Graduation date
2010-06
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Since oil and gas production from conventional fields is decreasing, the produc-tion of unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs is becoming imperative, where geo-mechanical responses play an important role. This research presents a methodology that starts exploring the inclusion of geomechanics in streamline simulations using a two-way explicit coupling approach between a reservoir and geomechanical simulators. This was done in an effort of conducting field-scale simulations considering the impact of geomechanical parame-ters on reservoir “static” properties, which affect ultimate recovery. Porosity, permeability, and porosity and permeability were used as the coupling parameters; the influence that they have on the process is problem-dependant as well. The results obtained from the two study cases presented, reveal that the per-formance of the approach is problem-dependent; the more complex the models are, the larger the geomechanical response is. One of the main aspects of this study was the limitations of the simulators. When software and hardware capacities improve, so will the results of the coupling ap-proach. Until then, more complex models should be tested, as well as more rigorous techniques, to improve the results presented here.
Language
English
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doi:10.7939/R3D95K
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