flow model

1. n. [Reservoir Characterization]
A model of a reservoir in which the steady-state flow and the advective transport are described in two or three dimensions by a computer program. A flow model is an essential component of a reservoir simulator. Flow models are often derived from the petrophysical characteristics of a reservoir (especially porosities and permeabilities) and then the model is adjusted and refined until it correctly predicts the reservoir's past behavior and can match the historical pressure and production data.