Finite Element Application in Reservoir Deformation analysis (Part 1)

Ehigiator-Irughe R.1,*

1 Department of Geomatics, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, University of Benin, Nigeria

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 Vol. 3 No. 2  | October 2019 | Pages 245 – 255



Finite element method (FEM) is a numerical technique for solving engineering problem and mathematical physics, useful problems with complicated geometries, loading, and material properties where analytical solutions may not be obtained. Some of the complicated problems involving load is a cylindrical reservoir structure where crude oil is stored in a tank farm. This paper demonstrates the use of Finite Element Analysis in above surface cylindrical reservoir engineering structure. The reservoir which has sixteen (16) monitoring station was monitored using reflectorless Total station. This paper is a pilot model and it is hoped to be developed further in two more phases to cover the entire reservoir under study. Only two studs in the North East and South East directions were selected to test the FEM forming a triangular shade (Truss) with three elements. The 2-D horizontal displacement was found to be 0.02 mm, while the vertical displacement was found to be -0.03 mm.

Keywords: Crude oil, Finite element, Reservoir, Stiffness matrix, Strain and stress analysis

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Ehigiator-Irughe, R. (2019). Finite Element Application in Reservoir Deformation analysis (Part 1). Nigerian Journal of Environmental Sciences and Technology, 3(2), pp. 245-255.