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vertical sweep efficiency

1. n. [Enhanced Oil Recovery]
Another term for vertical displacement efficiency, in a displacement process, the ratio of the cumulative height of the vertical sections of the pay zone that are contacted by injection fluid to the total vertical pay zone height. Vertical displacement efficiency (EI) strongly depends on parameters such as mobility ratio and total volume of fluid injected. Nonuniform permeability may cause an irregular front that affects the vertical displacement efficiency because the injected fluid flows faster in high-permeability zones than in low-permeability zones.