Vogel's IPR
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Vogel's Inflow Performance Relationship
Vogel's IPR is an empirical twophase (oil + gas) inflow performance relationship correlation published in 1968 ^{[1]}.
Vogel's IPR is based on computer simulations to several solution gas drive reservoirs for different fluid and reservoir relative permeability properties.
Vogel's IPR is the default IPR correlation to calculate oil wells performance in the PQplot nodal analysis software which is available online at petroleum engineering site www.pengtools.com.
Math and Physics
Vogel's IPR equation
 ^{[1]}
Darcy's law + Vogel's IPR
Combination single phase liquid constant PI equation and Vogel's IPR:
 ^{[2]} , oil flow rate at the bubble point.
 ^{[3]} , maximum oil rate or absolute open flow (AOF).
 ^{[2]} , oil rate at given flowing bottomhole pressure.
 ^{[2]} , productivity index for test below the bubble point pressure.
Discussion
Why Vogel's IPR?
Vogel's IPR solution has been found to be very good and is widely used in prediction of IPR curves.— Kermit Brown et al^{[2]}
Vogel's IPR calculation workflow
1. Calculate the Productivity Index, J:
 1.1 J from the flow test:
 Test is above the bubble point:

 Test is below the bubble point:
 1.2 J from kh and JD:
 1.3 J from kh and skin:
2. Calculate the flowing rates, q_{o}:
For each P_{wf} from to 0:
 2.1 Calculate oil flow rate at the bubble point:
 2.2 Calculate maximum oil rate:
 2.3 Calculate oil rate at given flowing bottomhole pressure, P_{wf}:
Vogel's IPR calculation example
Following the example problem #6, page 15 ^{[2]}:
Given:
 =4200 psi
 J=2 b/d/psi
 P_{b}=3000 psi
Calculate:
 (1) q_{ob}
 (2) q_{max}
 (3) q for P_{wf}=1500 psi
Solution:
 (1)
 (2)
 (3 )
With the help of the PQplot software, other values of flowing pressure has been assumed, and the corresponding values of flow rate were determined. From these, the IPR cure was plotted (Fig.1).
The PQplot model from this example is available online by the following link: Vogel's IPR calculation example
Nomenclature
 = formation volume factor, bbl/stb
 = productivity index, stb/d/psia
 = dimensionless productivity index, dimensionless
 = permeability times thickness, md*ft
 = pressure, psia
 = average reservoir pressure, psia
 = flowing rate, stb/d
 = skin factor, dimensionless
Greek symbols
 = viscosity, cp
Subscripts
 b = at bubble point pressure
 max = maximum
 o = oil
 test = well test
 wf = well flowing bottomhole pressure
References
 ↑ ^{1.0} ^{1.1} ^{1.2} Vogel, J. V. (1968). "Inflow Performance Relationships for SolutionGas Drive Wells". Journal of Petroleum Technology. 20 (SPE1476PA).
 ↑ ^{2.0} ^{2.1} ^{2.2} ^{2.3} ^{2.4} ^{2.5} Brown, Kermit (1984). The Technology of Artificial Lift Methods. Volume 4. Production Optimization of Oil and Gas Wells by Nodal System Analysis. Tulsa, Oklahoma: PennWellBookss.
 ↑ Neely, A.B. (1976). Use of IPR Curves. Houston, Texas: Shell Oil Co.