Using percolation theory to predict oil field performance

P. R. King, S. V. Buldyrev, Nikolay Dokholyan, S. Havlin, E. Lopez, G. Paul, H. E. Stanley

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Abstract

In this paper, we apply scaling laws from percolation theory to the problem of estimating the time for a fluid injected into an oilfield 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)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Volume314
Issue number1-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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