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Numerical fluid flow modelling in multiple fractured porous reservoirs.

Suri, Yatin; Islam, Sheikh Zahidul; Stephen, Kirsten; Donald, Cameron; Thompson, Michael; Droubi, Mohamad Ghazi; Hossain, Mamdud


Kirsten Stephen

Cameron Donald

Michael Thompson


This paper compares the fluid flow phenomena occurring within a fractured reservoir for three different fracture models using computational fluid dynamics. The effect of the fracture-matrix interface condition is studied on the pressure and velocity distribution. The fracture models were compared based on the variation in pressure and permeability conditions. The model was developed for isotropic and anisotropic permeability conditions. The results suggest that the fracture aperture can have a drastic effect on fluid flow. The porous fracture-matrix interface condition produces more realistic transport of fluids. By increasing the permeability in the isotropic porous matrix, the pressure drop was significantly higher in both the fracture and reservoir region. Under anisotropic conditions in the 3D fractured reservoir, the effect of the higher longitudinal permeability was found to lower the pressure in the fractured reservoir. Depending on the properties of the fractured reservoir, this study can enhance the understanding of fracture-matrix fluid interaction and provide a method for production optimisation.


SURI, Y., ISLAM, S.Z., STEPHEN, K., DONALD, C., THOMPSON, M., DROUBI, M.G. and HOSSAIN, M. 2020. Numerical fluid flow modelling in multiple fractured porous reservoirs. Fluid dynamics and materials processing [online], 16(2), pages 245-266. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 30, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 21, 2020
Publication Date Apr 30, 2020
Deposit Date Apr 23, 2020
Publicly Available Date Apr 23, 2020
Journal Fluid Dynamics and Materials Processing
Print ISSN 1555-256X
Electronic ISSN 1555-2578
Publisher Tech Science Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 2
Pages 245-266
Keywords Parallel plate; Fractured porous reservoir; Porous interface; Anisotropy
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