Predicting oil recovery using percolation theory

P. R. King, S. V. Buldyrev, N. V. Dokholyan, S. Havlin, Y. Lee, G. Paul, H. E. Stanley, N. Vandesteeg

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In this paper we apply scaling laws from percolation theory to the problem of estimating the time for a fluid injected into an oil field to breakthrough into a production well. The main contribution is to show that, when these previously published results are used on realistic data, they are in good agreement with results calculated in a more conventional way but they can be obtained significantly more quickly. As a result they may be used in practical engineering circumstances and aid decision-making for real field problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S105-S117
JournalPetroleum Geoscience
Issue numberSPECIL ISSUE
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Breakthrough
  • Geostatical analysis
  • Percolation


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