Petroleum Reservoir Simulation

Petroleum Reservoir Simulation

The Engineering Approach

2nd Edition - November 1, 2019

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  • Authors: J.H. Abou-Kassem, M. Rafiqul Islam, S.M. Farouq-Ali
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128191507
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128191514

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Petroleum Reservoir Simulation, Second Edition, introduces this novel engineering approach for petroleum reservoir modeling and operations simulations. Updated with new exercises, a new glossary and a new chapter on how to create the data to run a simulation, this comprehensive reference presents step-by-step numerical procedures in an easy to understand format. Packed with practical examples and guidelines, this updated edition continues to deliver an essential tool for all petroleum and reservoir engineers.

Key Features

  • Includes new exercises, a glossary and references
  • Bridges research and practice with guidelines on introducing basic reservoir simulation parameters, such as history matching and decision tree content
  • Helps readers apply knowledge with assistance on how to prepare data files to run a reservoir simulator


Petroleum and reservoir engineers; petroleum engineering students

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
    1.1 Background
    1.2 Milestones for the Engineering Approach
    1.3 Importance of the Engineering and Mathematical Approaches
    1.4 Summary
    1.5 Exercises
    Chapter 2: Single-Phase Fluid Flow Equations in Multidimensional Domain
    2.1 Introduction
    2.2 Properties of Single-Phase Fluid
    2.3 Properties of Porous Media
    2.4 Reservoir Discretization
    2.5 Basic Engineering Concepts
    2.6 Multidimensional Flow in Cartesian Coordinates
    2.7 Multidimensional Flow in Radial-Cylindrical Coordinates
    2.8 Summary
    2.9 Exercises
    Chapter 3: Flow Equations Using CVFD Terminology
    3.1 Introduction
    3.2 Flow Equations Using CVFD Terminology
    3.3 Flow Equations in Radial-Cylindrical Coordinates Using CVFD Terminology
    3.4 Flow Equations Using CVFD Terminology in any Block Ordering Scheme
    3.5 Summary
    3.6 Exercises
    Chapter 4: Simulation with a Block-Centered Grid
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 Reservoir Discretization
    4.3 Flow Equation for Boundary Gridblocks
    4.4 Treatment of Boundary Conditions
    4.5 Calculation of Transmissibilities
    4.6 Symmetry and Its Use in Solving Practical Problems
    4.7 Summary
    4.8 Exercises
    Chapter 5: Simulation with a Point-Distributed Grid
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Reservoir Discretization
    5.3 Flow Equation for Boundary Gridpoints
    5.4 Treatment of Boundary Conditions
    5.5 Calculation of Transmissibilities
    5.6 Symmetry and Its Use in Solving Practical Problems
    5.7 Summary
    Chapter 6 Well Representation in Simulators
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 Single-Block Wells
    6.3 Multiblock Wells
    6.4 Practical Considerations Dealing with Modeling Well Operating Conditions
    6.5 Summary
    6.6 Exercises
    Chapter 7 Single-Phase Flow Equation for Various Fluids
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Pressure Dependence of Fluid and Rock Properties
    7.3 General Single-Phase Flow Equation in Multi Dimensions
    7.4 Summary
    7.5 Exercises
    Chapter 8 Linearization of Flow Equations
    8.1 Introduction
    8.2 Nonlinear Terms in Flow Equations
    8.3 Nonlinearity of Flow Equations For Various Fluids
    8.4 Linearization of Nonlinear Terms
    8.5 Linearized Flow Equations in Time
    8.6 Summary
    8.7 Exercises
    Chapter 9 Methods of Solution of Linear Equations
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Direct Solution Methods
    9.3 Iterative Solution Methods
    9.4 Summary
    9.5 Exercises
    Chapter 10 Introduction to Modeling Multiphase Flow in Petroleum Reservoirs
    10.1 Introduction
    10.2 Reservoir Engineering Concepts in Multiphase Flow
    10.3 Multiphase Flow Models
    10.4 Solution of Multiphase Flow Equations
    10.5 Material Balance Checks
    10.6 Advancing Solution in Time
    10.7 Summary
    10.8 Exercises
    Chapter 11 Practical guidelines for a model developer and user
    11.1 Data entry and filtering
    11.2 History matching
    11.3 Numerical instability
    11.4 Avoiding spurious solutions
    11.5 Scaling (time and space)
    11.6 Summary
    Chapter 12 Decision Tree
    A User’s Manual for Single-Phase Simulator
    A.1 Introduction
    A.2 Data File Preparation
    A.3 Description of Variables Used in Preparing a Data File
    A.4 Instructions to Run Simulator
    A.5 Limitations Imposed on the Compiled Version
    A.6 Example of a Prepared Data File

Product details

  • No. of pages: 526
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2020
  • Published: November 1, 2019
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128191507
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128191514

About the Authors

J.H. Abou-Kassem

Jamal H. Abou-Kassem is professor of petroleum engineering at the UAE University in the United Arab Emirates, where he has taught since 1993. Before joining the UAE University,he was associate professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering at The Pennsylvania State University (1985-1992), where he was a tenured faculty member, supervised to completion two MS and two PhD students, and served on 10 thesis advisory committees. He held posts with the Research Institute of KFUPM (1981-1984) in Saudi Arabia and Pan Canadian Petroleum Ltd. (1978-1979) in Canada. He received a BE (Cairo U., Egypt, 1970) and MS (U. of Alberta, Canada, 1975) degree in petroleum engineering, and earned a PhD degree in reservoir simulation from the U. of Calgary (Canada) in 1981. He is a co-author of two textbooks, author/co-author of 32 technical articles in first class journals, and another 12 technical articles in symposium proceedings. His areas of expertise cover reservoir simulation, thermal and polymer EOR methods, fluid flow through porous media, and fundamental properties of natural gas. He has attended and presented numerous technical papers in international, regional, and local petroleum engineering symposiums. He has 36 years of experience in academia, research organizations, and petroleum industry. He is a member of SPE.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, UAE University

M. Rafiqul Islam

M. Rafiqul Islam is currently the President of Emertec Research and Development Ltd., a company he co-founded in late 1980’s. Previously, he spent over 20 years as Professor, Research Chair and Director for various Universities, including Killam Chair at Dalhousie University. He earned Diplome d’État in petroleum production engineering from Institut Algérien du Pétrole. He then attended graduate programs at the University of Texas Austin and the University of Alberta, from where he received a M.Sc. and a Ph.D., both in petroleum engineering. He has been awarded multiple awards, including the Einstein Gold Medal from the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, which is the highest honor. He has over 700 publications to his name, including dozens of books in several disciplines and multiple TV appearances within Canada and worldwide.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Emertec Research and Development Ltd., Canada; Director, Oil and Gas, TransCanada Training, Canada

S.M. Farouq-Ali

Dr. S.M. Farouq Ali is Distinguished Professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Houston. He has over 40 years of experience in industry and academia, having served as a professor at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Alberta and the University of Regina. Considered one of the world’s leading experts in reservoir engineering, oil recovery and simulation, Farouq Ali advises oil companies and various governments on oil policy and production strategies. He has authored more than 500 papers, conducted more than 200 petroleum reservoir studies and designed over 30 major oil fields projects. Farouq Ali earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Penn State University. As a graduate student he conducted pioneering research on micellar-polymer flooding, a process in which a micelle solution is pumped into a reservoir to recover oil. The technique has since become the industry standard for enhanced oil recovery. He is also credited with some of the earliest experimental work on steam flooding, a method of injecting steam to extract heavy crude oil from an oil reservoir. Today steam injection is one of the primary enhanced oil recovery techniques in use. Farouq Ali has been honored with awards from the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Professor of Petroleum Engineering, University of Houston, USA

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