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Axisymmetric flow in an oil reservoir of finite depth caused by a point sink above an oil-water interface

Zhang, H. and Hocking, G.C.ORCID: 0000-0002-5812-6015 (1997) Axisymmetric flow in an oil reservoir of finite depth caused by a point sink above an oil-water interface. Journal of Engineering Mathematics, 32 (4). pp. 365-376.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1004227232732
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Abstract

The flow of a stratified fluid (e.g., oil/water) withdrawn from a vertically confined porous medium through a point sink is considered. The withdrawal tends to cause the oil-water interface to move upwards. So long as the interface is below the well, the less dense fluid (oil) is pumped into the well without the denser fluid (water) until a critical flow rate is reached. The flow is considered to be axisymmetric, and involves a nonlinear boundary condition along the free surface. A boundary-integral equation method (BIEM) is used to find the interface position for different pumping rates. For small flow rates, a small-parameter expansion is derived and the results are compared with numerical solutions to the problem. There exists a critical withdrawal rate beneath which the water does not break through into the sink, this rate depending on the sink location and bottom geometry.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Chemical and Mathematical Science
Publisher: Springer
Copyright: 1997 Kluwer Academic Publishers
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/4688
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