This book offers a fundamental and practical introduction to the use of computational methods, particularly finite element methods, in the simulation of fluid flows in porous media. It is the first book to cover a wide variety of flows, including single-phase, two-phase, black oil, volatile, compositional, nonisothermal, and chemical compositional flows in both ordinary porous and fractured porous media. In addition, a range of computational methods are used, and benchmark problems of nine comparative solution projects organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers are presented for the first time in book form. Computational Methods for Multiphase Flows in Porous Media reviews multiphase flow equations and computational methods to introduce basic terminologies and notation. A thorough discussion of practical aspects of the subject is presented in a consistent manner, and the level of treatment is rigorous without being unnecessarily abstract. Each chapter ends with bibliographic information and exercises.
Zhangxin Chen is Professor and Director of the Center for Scientific Computation at Southern Methodist University. He has published over 140 articles and has authored or co-edited seven books. Guanren Huan is Visiting Professor at Southern Methodist University from China National Petroleum Corporation. Yuanle Ma is Visiting Professor at Southern Methodist University from Tsinghua University, China.