Doctoral Dissertations


"This work investigates the feasibility of increasing oil recovery from petroleum reservoirs by the electrothermic technique. A mathematical model was developed for the prediction of reservoir response to heating by alternating electric current flow through the oil-bearing formations. The mathematical model was programmed in FORTRAN for solution on the IBM 370/168. The model used the finite difference technique to represent the differential equations that describe the system, and the sets of difference equations were solved by the Strongly Implicit Procedure (SIP) and Successive Overrelaxation (SOR).

In order to verify the mathematical model, a set of experiments was conducted to determine oil recovery from a five-spot laboratory model by cold waterflood and the electrothermic technique. The experimental data were compared with the numerically calculated responses. Agreement between calculated and experimental responses supports the assumptions of the mathematical model and the numerical solution procedure.

The mathematical model was utilized to predict the response of single layer and double layer oil reservoirs to the electrothermic process. The results indicate that the approaches described in U.M.R. Patent Disclosure No. 7S-P-UMR-003 might be used for selectively heating the relatively undepleted portions of oil reservoirs"--Abstract, page ii.


Harvey, A. Herbert

Committee Member(s)

Johnson, Charles A.
Koederitz, Leonard
Arnold, Marion D., 1932-2010
Marshall, S. V., 1927-1999


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Petroleum Engineering


Egyptian Government


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date



xii, 194 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 104-108).


© 1977 Samy Abdel-Hakeem El-Feky, All rights reserved.

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Dissertation - Restricted Access

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Thermal oil recovery -- Mathematical models
Oil sands -- Mathematical models

Thesis Number

T 4429

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