Fundamentals of Fluid Flow in Porous Media

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Fundamentals of Fluid Flow in Porous Media


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Apostolos Kantzas, PhD P. Eng.
Jonathan Bryan, PhD P. Eng.
Saeed Taheri, PhD

The purpose of this manuscript is to provide the reader with the basic principles of flow in porous media and their association to hydrocarbon production from underground formations.  The intended audience is undergraduate and graduate students in petroleum engineering and associated disciplines, as well as practicing engineers and geoscientists in the oil and gas industry.

The material draws from the experiences of the authors in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and, wherever possible, draws from unconventional resources.

This textbook manuscript is not 100% complete, and there are some sections that will be added over time.

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    Table of Contents: 

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: The Porous Medium

  • Homogeneity
  • Anisotropy
  • Porosity
  • Pore Size Distribution
  • Specific Surface Area
  • Compressibility of Porous Rocks
  • Permeability
  • Saturation
  • Formation Resistivity Factor
  • Multi-Phase Saturated Rock Properties
  • Relative Permeability
  • Chapter 3: Molecular Diffusion

  • Introduction
  • Fick’s Law of Binary Diffusion
  • Diffusion Coefficient
  • Chapter 4: Immiscible Displacement

  • Introduction
  • Buckley-Leverett Theory
  • Water Injection Oil Recovery Calculations
  • Vertical and Volumetric Sweep Efficiencies
  • Chapter 5: Miscible Displacement

  • Introduction
  • Fluid Phase Behavior
  • First Contact Miscibility Process
  • Multiple Contact Miscibility Processes
  • Determination of Miscibility Condition
  • Fluid Properties in Miscible Displacement
  • The Equation of Continuity
  • The Equation of Continuity in Porous Media
  • About the Authors

    Dr. Kantzas, P. Eng., founded the Tomographic Imaging & Porous Media Laboratory in 1994. A professor from the University of Calgary, Dr. Kantzas has tremendous experience in leading advanced research of porous media, primarily dealing with petroleum reservoir engineering issues. Expert in Tomographic Imaging, Porous Media Physics and Magnetic Resonance Sensor Technology, Dr. Kantzas has led a large research team at the University of Calgary previously under a Canada Research Chair Program and currently under an NSERC/AITF Industrial Research Chair in Fundamentals of Unconventional Resources (FUR).

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