Flow through fractured media


We develop novel approaches, such as correlated continuous time random walk, to quantitatively describe anomalous transport (early breakthrough) of fluids in fractured reservoirs. We work closely with geophysicists to combine new approaches to seismic characterization and flow modeling in a methodology of joint seismics-flow inversion under uncertainty that exploits the complementary character of each type of data. If successful, this work could lead to a new technology for the screening and assessment of production scenarios in fractured reservoirs, especially when production data is limited.

Representative publications

  1. Predictability of anomalous transport on lattice networks with quenched disorder.
    P. K. Kang, M. Dentz and R. Juanes, Physical Review E, 83(3), 030101(R) (2011), doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.83.030101. (pdf)

  2. Spatial Markov model of anomalous transport through random lattice networks.
    P. K. Kang, M. Dentz, T. Le Borgne and R. Juanes, Physical Review Letters, 107, 180602 (2011), doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.180602. (pdf)


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