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Title: Modeling temperature dependency of oil-water relative permeability in thermal enhanced oil recovery processes using group method of data handling and gene expression programming
Authors: Menad, NA
Noureddine, Z
Hemmati-Sarapardeh, A
Shamshirband, S
Mosavi, A
Chau, KW 
Keywords: Thermal enhanced oil recovery (TEOR)
Temperature effect on oil
Water relative
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: Engineering applications of computational fluid mechanics, 1 Jan. 2019, v. 13, no. 1, p. 724-743 How to cite?
Journal: Engineering applications of computational fluid mechanics 
Abstract: In the implementation of thermal enhanced oil recovery (TEOR) techniques, the temperature impact on relative permeability in oil-water systems (K-rw and K-ro) is of special concern. Hence, developing a fast and reliable tool to model the temperature effect on K-rw and K-ro is still a major challenge for precise studying of TEOR processes. To reach the goal of this work, two promising soft-computing algorithms, namely Group Method of Data Handling (GMDH) and Gene Expression Programming (GEP) were employed to develop reliable and simple to use paradigms to predict the temperature dependency of K-rw and K-ro. To do so, a large database encompassing wide-ranging temperatures and fluids/rock parameters, was considered to establish these correlations. Statistical results and graphical analyses disclosed the high degree of accuracy for the proposed correlations in emulating the experimental results. In addition, GEP correlations were found to be the most consistent with root mean square error (RMSE) values of 0.0284 and 0.0636 for K-rw and K-ro, respectively. Lastly, the performance comparison against the preexisting correlations indicated the large superiority of the newly introduced correlations. The findings of this study can help for better understanding the temperature dependency of K-rw and K-ro in TEOR.
ISSN: 1994-2060
EISSN: 1997-003X
DOI: 10.1080/19942060.2019.1639549
Rights: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The following publication Nait Amar Menad, Zeraibi Noureddine, Abdolhossein Hemmati-Sarapardeh, Shahaboddin Shamshirband, Amir Mosavi & Kwok-wing Chau (2019) Modeling temperature dependency of oil - water relative permeability in thermal enhanced oil recovery processes using group method of data handling and gene expression programming, Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Mechanics, 13:1, 724-743 is available at
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