If the problem of fluid flow in a reservoir toward a well cannot beapproximated as a two-dimensional one, the analytical treatment becomes verydifficult. This is especially true when horizontal wells are involved and theend-effect cannot be neglected.
There are, in the literature, mathematical expressions to calculateproductivity of horizontal wells for various geometric configurations and manyof these include the effect of flow convergence. Some of them appear to besignificantly in error.
The paper describes experiments with an electrolytic model. This approachuses the analogy between the flow of fluid particles, driven by fluidpotential, in a porous medium and movement of ions, driven by electricalpotential, in an electrolyte. A simple and low-cost experimental setup permitsthe testing of various theoretical equations and the results are presented.