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A Volume-conserving Representation of Cell Faces in Corner Point GridsNormal access

Authors: P. Røe and R. Hauge
Event name: ECMOR XIV - 14th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery
Session: Mesh Generation
Publication date: 08 September 2014
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.20141859
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
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Corner point grids are currently the standard representation for reservoir simulation grids. Cell faces in corner point grids are traditionally represented as bilinear surfaces where the edges between the corner points all are straight lines. This representation has the disadvantage that at pillar-gridded faults with varying dip the cell faces on either side will not precisely match, giving overlapping cells or gaps between cells. We propose an alternative representation for the cell faces. The four vertical cell faces are still represented as bilinear surfaces, but instead of having linear edges between the cell corners along the top and bottom faces, we propose a representation where all horizontal intersections through the grid give straight lines between the grid pillars, giving column faces whose shape is independent of the corner point locations of the individual grid cells. This ensures that the grid columns match up and that there are no gaps or overlapping volumes between grid cells. This representation gives a local parameterization for the whole grid column, and the top and bottom grid cell surfaces are modelled as bilinear within this domain. Using this representation we get a parameterization of the grid cell which we use to calculate the cell volume.

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