Articles | Volume 12, issue 10
Solid Earth, 12, 2235–2254, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-2235-2021
Solid Earth, 12, 2235–2254, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-12-2235-2021
Research article
05 Oct 2021
Research article | 05 Oct 2021

Investigating the effects of intersection flow localization in equivalent-continuum-based upscaling of flow in discrete fracture networks

Maximilian O. Kottwitz et al.

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Upscaling fluid flow in fractured reservoirs is an important practice in subsurface resource utilization. In this study, we first conduct numerical simulations of direct fluid flow at locations where fractures intersect to analyze the arising hydraulic complexities. Next, we develop a model that integrates these effects into larger-scale continuum models of fracture networks to investigate their impact on the upscaling. For intensively fractured systems, these effects become important.