Mimetic Finite Differences for Flow in Fractures from Microseismic Data

Omar Al-Hinai, Sanjay Srinivasan, Mary F. Wheeler

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We present a method for porous media flow in the presence of complex fracture networks. The approach uses the Mimetic Finite Difference method (MFD) and takes advantage of MFD's ability to solve over a general set of polyhedral cells. This flexibility is used to mesh fracture intersections in two and three-dimensional settings without creating small cells at the intersection point. We also demonstrate how to use general polyhedra for embedding fracture boundaries in the reservoir domain. The target application is representing fracture networks inferred from microseismic analysis.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSPE Reservoir Simulation Symposium
PublisherSociety of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
StatePublished - Feb 23 2015
Externally publishedYes


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