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Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2012, Article ID 736125, 17 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/736125
Research Article

Numerical Analysis on the Influence of Thermal Effects on Oil Flow Characteristic in High-Pressure Air Injection (HPAI) Process

State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, China

Received 24 June 2012; Revised 9 September 2012; Accepted 9 September 2012

Academic Editor: Ricardo Perera

Copyright © 2012 Hu Jia et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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