Predicting oil recovery using percolation theory

P. R. King, S. V. Buldyrev, Nikolay Dokholyan, S. Havlin, Y. Lee, G. Paul, H. E. Stanley, N. Vandesteeg

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In this paper we apply scaling laws from percolation theory to the problem of estimating the time for a fluid injected into an oil field to breakthrough into a production well. The main contribution is to show that, when these previously published results are used on realistic data, they are in good agreement with results calculated in a more conventional way but they can be obtained significantly more quickly. As a result they may be used in practical engineering circumstances and aid decision-making for real field problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S105-S117
JournalPetroleum Geoscience
Issue numberSPECIL ISSUE
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Fuel Technology
  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Economic Geology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)

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    King, P. R., Buldyrev, S. V., Dokholyan, N., Havlin, S., Lee, Y., Paul, G., Stanley, H. E., & Vandesteeg, N. (2001). Predicting oil recovery using percolation theory. Petroleum Geoscience, 7(SPECIL ISSUE), S105-S117.