Multiscale Lattice Boltzmann method for flow simulations in highly heterogenous porous media

Jun Li, Donald Brown, Victor M. Calo, Yalchin R. Efendiev, Oleg Illiev

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Abstract

A lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) for flow simulations in highly heterogeneous porous media at both pore and Darcy scales is proposed in the paper. In the pore scale simulations, flow of two phases (e.g., oil and gas) or two immiscible fluids (e.g., water and oil) are modeled using cohesive or repulsive forces, respectively. The relative permeability can be computed using pore-scale simulations and seamlessly applied for intermediate and Darcy-scale simulations. A multiscale LBM that can reduce the computational complexity of existing LBM and transfer the information between different scales is implemented. The results of coarse-grid, reduced-order, simulations agree very well with the averaged results obtained using fine grid.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSPE Reservoir Characterization and Simulation Conference and Exhibition
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
ISBN (Print)9781629931449
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 16 2013

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