Numerical simulation based on fine-scale reservoir models helps petroleum engineers in understanding fluid flow in porous media and achieving higher recovery ratio. Fine-scale models give rise to large-scale linear systems, and thus require effective solvers for solving these linear systems to finish simulation in reasonable turn-around time. In this paper, we study convergence, robustness, and efficiency of a class of multi-stage preconditioners accelerated by Krylov subspace methods for solving Jacobian systems from a fully implicit discretization. We compare components of these preconditioners, including decoupling and sub-problem solvers, for fine-scale reservoir simulation. Several benchmark and real-world problems, including a ten-million-cell reservoir problem, were simulated on a desktop computer. Numerical tests show that the combination of the alternating block factorization method and multi-stage subspace correction preconditioner gives a robust and memory-efficient solver for fine-scale reservoir simulation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Theoretical Computer Science
- Modeling and Simulation
- Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
- Computational Theory and Mathematics