Modeling of naturally fractured reservoirs using deformation dependent flow mechanism

M. Bai, D. Elsworth, J. C. Roegiers

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As special cases of a multi-porosity/multi-permeability formulation based on the mixture theory, an array of deformation-dependent flow models of various porosities and permeabilities relevant to the characterization of naturally fractured reservoirs is presented. Some key relationships are identified in the parametric investigation. A finite element discretization is developed for the multi-porosity/multi-permeability media. A case study is focused on a reservoir simulation using dual-porosity/dual-permeability model. The preliminary study identifies the strong coupling between fluid flow and solid deformations. The effect of this coupling is also controlled by the constitutive properties of the formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1185-1191
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences and
Issue number7
StatePublished - Dec 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Engineering(all)


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