Analysis of the simulation of single phase flow through a naturally fractured reservoir. (English) Zbl 0668.76130

A general form of the double porosity model for single phase flow through a naturally fractured reservoir is derived by explicitly considering fluid flow in individual matrix blocks. The Warren and Root model is shown to be a crude approximation to this model. The general model consists of a parabolic equation coupled to a series of parabolic equations. It is shown that the coupling term can be viewed as a positive-semidefinite perturbation of the time derivative, and hence it is verified that the model is well posed. A finite element method is presented to approximate the solution, and optimal order \(L^ 2\)-error estimates are derived.


76S05 Flows in porous media; filtration; seepage
35K99 Parabolic equations and parabolic systems
65N30 Finite element, Rayleigh-Ritz and Galerkin methods for boundary value problems involving PDEs


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