The viscoplastic model proposed by Vermeer and Neher in 1999 is still currently used in the oil and gas industry for subsidence modeling, to predict the deformation of the ground surface induced by hydrocarbon withdrawal from underground reservoirs. Even though several different implementations of this model have been proposed in the literature, also very recently, a consistent fully implicit implementation is still missing, probably due to the technical difficulties involved in the rigorous derivation of the analytical tangent matrix. To fill this gap and to provide an effective tool to the engineering community, a fully implicit backward Euler integration is proposed and validated in this work. The consistent expression of the tangent stiffness matrix is also derived analytically, and its validation strategy is described in detail. The model was implemented in a commercial finite element code through a user-defined material subroutine. The advantages of the proposed implicit formulation in terms of stability with respect to an explicit formulation were assessed and validated. The examples include studies at material point level and at field scale for a case study of subsidence in a synthetic reservoir.

Consistent implicit time integration for viscoplastic modeling of subsidence above hydrocarbon reservoirs

Ghisi A.;Cremonesi M.;Perego U.;
2021

Abstract

The viscoplastic model proposed by Vermeer and Neher in 1999 is still currently used in the oil and gas industry for subsidence modeling, to predict the deformation of the ground surface induced by hydrocarbon withdrawal from underground reservoirs. Even though several different implementations of this model have been proposed in the literature, also very recently, a consistent fully implicit implementation is still missing, probably due to the technical difficulties involved in the rigorous derivation of the analytical tangent matrix. To fill this gap and to provide an effective tool to the engineering community, a fully implicit backward Euler integration is proposed and validated in this work. The consistent expression of the tangent stiffness matrix is also derived analytically, and its validation strategy is described in detail. The model was implemented in a commercial finite element code through a user-defined material subroutine. The advantages of the proposed implicit formulation in terms of stability with respect to an explicit formulation were assessed and validated. The examples include studies at material point level and at field scale for a case study of subsidence in a synthetic reservoir.
Implicit time integration
Vermeer
Viscoplastic soil
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