Computational Geosciences

, Volume 20, Issue 5, pp 1029–1042 | Cite as

Interpretation of well-cell pressures on hexagonal grids in numerical reservoir simulation

  • Ivar Aavatsmark
Original Paper


Peaceman’s equivalent well-cell radius for 2D square grids has been generalized to 2D grids consisting of regular hexagons. The development consists of the following steps. Firstly, the analytical solution for the pressure drop between injector and producer for wells in a seven-spot pattern is determined. Secondly, this solution is compared with the numerical solution on hexagonal grids for a sixth of a seven-spot pattern. Finally, the equivalent well-cell radius is calculated, and its asymptotic behavior for infinitely fine grids is derived. The results are valid for both steady-state and unsteady-state conditions.


Peaceman radius Hexagonal grid Discretization Reservoir simulation 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2010)

65N06 76S05 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Uni Research CIPRBergenNorway

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