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Numerical investigation of the POD reduced-order model for fast predictions of two-phase flows in porous media

Jingfa Li (Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology, Beijing, China and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia)
Tao Zhang (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia)
Shuyu Sun (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia)
Bo Yu (Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology, Beijing, China)

International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow

ISSN: 0961-5539

Publication date: 4 November 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to present an efficient IMPES algorithm based on a global model order reduction method, proper orthogonal decomposition (POD), to achieve the fast solution and prediction of two-phase flows in porous media.

Design/methodology/approach

The key point of the proposed algorithm is to establish an accurate POD reduced-order model (ROM) for two-phase porous flows. To this end, two projection methods including projecting the original governing equations (Method I) and projecting the discrete form of original governing equations (Method II) are respectively applied to construct the POD-ROM, and their distinctions are compared and analyzed in detail. It is found the POD-ROM established by Method I is inapplicable to multiphase porous flows due to its failed introduction of fluid saturation and permeability that locate on the edge of grid cell, which would lead to unphysical results.

Findings

By using Method II, an efficient IMPES algorithm that can substantially speed up the simulation of two-phase porous flows is developed based on the POD-ROM. The computational efficiency and numerical accuracy of the proposed algorithm are validated through three numerical examples, and simulation results illustrate that the proposed algorithm displays satisfactory computational speed-up (one to two orders of magnitude) without sacrificing numerical accuracy obviously when comparing to the standard IMPES algorithm that without any acceleration technique. In addition, the determination of POD modes number, the relative errors of wetting phase pressure and saturation, and the influence of POD modes number on the overall performances of the proposed algorithm, are investigated.

Originality/value

1. Two projection methods are applied to establish the POD-ROM for two-phase porous flows and their distinctions are analyzed. The reason why POD-ROM is difficult to be applied to multiphase porous flows is clarified firstly in this study. 2. A highly efficient IMPES algorithm based on the POD-ROM is proposed to accelerate the simulation of two-phase porous flows. 3. Satisfactory computational speed-up (one to two orders of magnitude) and prediction accuracy of the proposed algorithm are observed under different conditions.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank for the support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51874262) and the Research Funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) through the grants BAS/1/1351-01-01, and the Project of Construction of Innovative Teams and Teacher Career Development for Universities and Colleges Under Beijing Municipality (No. IDHT20170507).

Citation

Li, J., Zhang, T., Sun, S. and Yu, B. (2019), "Numerical investigation of the POD reduced-order model for fast predictions of two-phase flows in porous media", International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat & Fluid Flow, Vol. 29 No. 11, pp. 4167-4204. https://doi.org/10.1108/HFF-02-2019-0129

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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