A mathematical operation that uses downhole flow-rate measurements to transform bottomhole pressure measurements distorted by variable rates to an interpretable transient. Deconvolution also can use surface rates to transform wellhead pressures to an interpretable form. Deconvolution has the advantage over convolution that it does not assume a particular model for the pressure-transient response. However, the simplest form of deconvolution often gives a noisy result, and more complex approaches may be computing intensive.

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transient-rate and pressure-test analysis
variable rate