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Fast Upscaling of the Hydraulic Conductivity of Three-Dimensional Fractured Porous Rock for Reservoir Modeling

Rajeh, Tawfik and Ababou, Rachid and Marcoux, Manuel and Cañamón Valera, Israel Fast Upscaling of the Hydraulic Conductivity of Three-Dimensional Fractured Porous Rock for Reservoir Modeling. (2019) Mathematical Geosciences, 51 (357). 1-38. ISSN 1874-8961

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11004-019-09785-w


A fast upscaling procedure for determining the equivalent hydraulic conductivity of a three-dimensional fractured rock is presented in this paper. A modified semi-analytical superposition method is developed to take into account, at the same time, the hydraulic conductivity of the porous matrix (KM) and the fractures (KF). The connectivity of the conductive fracture network is also taken into account. The upscaling approach has been validated by comparison with the hydraulic conductivity of synthetic samples calculated with full numerical procedures (flow simulations and averaging). The extended superposition approach is in good agreement with numerical results for infinite size fractures. For finite size fractures, an improved model that takes into account the connectivity of the fracture network through multiplicative connectivity indexes determined empirically is proposed. This improved model is also in good agreement with the numerical results obtained for different configurations of fracture networks.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02141190
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (SPAIN)
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ADEME - Investissement d'Avenir
Deposited On:27 May 2019 15:08

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