PETROENG 7066 - Advanced Topics in Numerical Reservoir Simulation

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

This course outlines the PDEs of multiphase flow in porous media, derived with 1- black-oil phase-behaviour and 2- compositional phase-behaviour approach. It reviews the thermodynamic of fluid mixtures and flash calculations using Equation of State. A commonly-used numerical method (finite volume method), for solving the governing PDEs, with a fully-implicit scheme, is presented, and space discretisation using quadrilateral grids, nonorthogonal (corner-points) and orthogonal (block-centred), is discussed. A particular attention is paid to well modelling and model initialisation. Newton-Raphson method for solving the discretised equations is presented, and an overview of iterative linear solvers (stationary methods and Krylov methods) for sparse matrices is given, together with a discussion on solver tuning techniques and automatic differentiation. This is an interactive course with several computer-based examples and exercises interspersed within the lectures. The course, in addition to the fundamentals, covers several practical and special topics in reservoir simulation, including, placement of deviated and multilateral wells, group controls for constraint handling, local grid refinement and coarsening, miscible flooding, gas condensate, regionalisation (PVT, equilibrium and SCAL), dual porosity model for fractured rocks, hysteresis, aquifer models and API tracking.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PETROENG 7066
    Course Advanced Topics in Numerical Reservoir Simulation
    Coordinating Unit Australian School of Petroleum
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Block-format course with integrated lectures, practicals (computer based) and discussions.
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge PETROENG 3001 or equivalent and MATLAB Programming
    Course Description This course outlines the PDEs of multiphase flow in porous media, derived with 1- black-oil phase-behaviour and 2- compositional phase-behaviour approach. It reviews the thermodynamic of fluid mixtures and flash calculations using Equation of State. A commonly-used numerical method (finite volume method), for solving the governing PDEs, with a fully-implicit scheme, is presented, and space discretisation using quadrilateral grids, nonorthogonal (corner-points) and orthogonal (block-centred), is discussed. A particular attention is paid to well modelling and model initialisation. Newton-Raphson method for solving the discretised equations is presented, and an overview of iterative linear solvers (stationary methods and Krylov methods) for sparse matrices is given, together with a discussion on solver tuning techniques and automatic differentiation. This is an interactive course with several computer-based examples and exercises interspersed within the lectures. The course, in addition to the fundamentals, covers several practical and special topics in reservoir simulation, including, placement of deviated and multilateral wells, group controls for constraint handling, local grid refinement and coarsening, miscible flooding, gas condensate, regionalisation (PVT, equilibrium and SCAL), dual porosity model for fractured rocks, hysteresis, aquifer models and API tracking.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Mohammad Sayyafzadeh

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  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to: 

    1.    Explain the fundamentals of multiphase flow in porous rocks 

    2.    Formulate black-oil and compositional phase-behaviour formulation

    3.    Have a deep understanding of numerical methods involved in reservoir simulation

    4.    Adapt open-source codes to model multiphase flow in porous media

    5.    Understand some of key issues in numerical simulation

    6.    Use commercial software for studying special topics in reservoir studies

    7.    Develop a critical-thinking and problem-solving approach, rather than a prescriptive or “recipe” approach, for reservoir simulation problems

    8.    Research a topic related to the course material and present it

    9.    Read & understand a range of papers & articles related to reservoir simulation

     





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    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/Group Formative/Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Assignment#1 35 Individual Summative ~ Week 4 N 5. 7. 8. 9.
    Assignment#2 55 Individual Summative ~ Week 8 N 1. 3. 5. 6. 7. 9.
    In-class activity 10 Individual Summative ~ Week 2 N 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.  This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
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    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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