Three-phase flow simulations in one dimension

Abstract

The modeling of three-phase fluid flow has many important applications in reservoir simulation. In this paper, we introduce a high order method for sequentially solving the phase pressure-saturation formulation of three-phase flow. The sequential approach, while less stable than a fully coupled approach, is more computationally efficient. We present a discontinuous Galerkin method in space, suitable for the sequential approach due to its high-order accuracy. We consider coarser meshes with high degree polynomials to minimize the dimension of the system while maximizing accuracy. Numerical results are given for homogeneous media.

Publication
SIAM Undergraduate Research Online, 7