Development of a Fully Coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanics Simulator Using Automated Solution Framework
- S. Meguerdijian (University of Southern California) | B. Jha (University of Southern California)
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- SPE Western Regional Meeting, 23-27 April, Bakersfield, California
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- Conference Paper
- 2017. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 5.4 Improved and Enhanced Recovery, 5.4.6 Thermal Methods, 5.4 Improved and Enhanced Recovery, 7.2 Risk Management and Decision-Making, 5.9 Non-Traditional Resources, 7.2.1 Risk, Uncertainty and Risk Assessment, 7 Management and Information, 5.9.2 Geothermal Resources, 5 Reservoir Desciption & Dynamics
- Heavy oil diatomite, Geothermal operations, Induced seismicity, Coupled flow, Thermal recovery
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Thermal recovery operations, including those in heavy oil fields and geothermal reservoirs, can benefit from increased understanding of thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) phenomena. Maximizing thermally-enhanced energy recovery and assessment of thermally-induced seismicity and subsidence risk requires the next generation of coupled THM simulators that are easier to develop and use. We present a computational framework based on automated linearization and solution of multiphysics equations using FEniCS, an open source finite element solver. We validate the simulator on benchmark problems and discuss its application to thermal enhanced oil recovery methods. We conclude that using the FEniCS-based framework can reduce code development and maintenance efforts in existing thermal recovery operations and accelerate the discovery of future improved thermal recovery methods.
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