Special Session 108: New Developments in porous media

Productivity Index for Darcy and pre-/post-Darcy Flow

Lidia Bloshanskaya
SUNY New Paltz
Co-Author(s):    Akif Ibragimov, Fahd Siddiqui, Mohamed Y. Soliman
We investigate the impact of nonlinearity of high and low velocity flows on the well productivity index (PI). Experimental data shows the departure from the linear Darcy relation for high and low velocities. High-velocity (post-Darcy) flow occurring near wells and fractures is described by Forchheimer equations and is relatively well-studied. While low velocity flow receives much less attention, there is multiple evidence suggesting the existence of pre-Darcy effects for slow flows far away from the well. This flow is modeled via pre-Darcy equation. We combine all three flow regimes, pre-Darcy, Darcy and post-Darcy, under one mathematical formulation subjected to certain critical transitional velocities. This allows to use our previously developed framework to obtain the analytical formulas for the PI for the cylindrical reservoir. We study the impact of non-Darcy effect on the PI depending on the well-flux and the parameters of the equations.