Non-Isothermal Enhanced Recovery of Heavy Oils by Numerical Simulation

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The world has been witnessing a growing interest in heavy oil fields as a result of a reduction in conventional oil reserves. In this sense, this work aims to study numerically the process of heavy oil recovering in oil reservoir via water injection. Transient three-dimensional numerical simulations, considering isothermal and non-isothermal processes, were performed using the ANSYS CFX 11 commercial code, and its effects upon the oil recovery factor evaluated. The numerical results indicated an increase of 29% (non-isothermal case) and 18% (isothermal case) in the recovery factor when water was injected on the reservoir surface as compared to the water internal injection in the reservoir.

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Periodical:

Defect and Diffusion Forum (Volumes 312-315)

Edited by:

Andreas Öchsner, Graeme E. Murch and João M.P.Q. Delgado

Pages:

935-940

DOI:

10.4028/www.scientific.net/DDF.312-315.935

Citation:

A. de Lima Cunha et al., "Non-Isothermal Enhanced Recovery of Heavy Oils by Numerical Simulation", Defect and Diffusion Forum, Vols. 312-315, pp. 935-940, 2011

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April 2011

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