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New technique for determining rate dependent skin factor & non-Darcy coefficient

2016-09-01
Al-Rbeawi, Salam
A non-Darcy flow develops in porous media when the velocity of reservoir fluids becomes extremely high because of the continuous narrowing of the cross section area of the flow and the convergence of flow streamlines. Therefore, the inertial effect increases significantly and the total pressure drop, required by fluids to, move from the outer drainage area towards the wellbore increases significantly due to the extra pressure drop caused by the non-Darcy flow. The extra pressure drop is described by the Forchheimer equation in which the deviation from Darcy's law is proportional to the inertial factor which in turn is a function of porous media characteristics such as permeability and porosity.