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Geothermal Power Plants, 4th Edition by Ronald DiPippo

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Chapter 4

Reservoir Engineering

Abstract

Reservoir engineering is the art of describing quantitatively the behavior of fluids in a porous or fractured rock formation and using that description to effectively manage the production and injection of those fluids. This task is complicated by the fact that no one can be sure of the underground patterns of fractures or porosity that give rise to the permeable channels through which the fluids may move. Furthermore, even if that were possible for one moment, the fracture patterns very likely will change over time since the geothermal environment is a geologically dynamic one.

Keywords

Darcy’s law; well flow; reservoir model; two-phase flow; well testing; pressure; mass flow rate; instrumentation; reservoir ...

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