Numerical Simulation of Gas Injection in Vertical Water Saturated Porous Media
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We present numerical simulations of drainage induced by air injection in a vertical water-saturated Hele-Shaw cell filled with glass microbeads. We use the macroscale Subsurface Transport Over Multiple Phases (STOMP) simulator developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Hydrology Group. To trigger fingering, we use random permeability fields consistent to capillary entry pressure fields. We compare the numerical results to our own experimental results shown in a previous study. We analyze the effects of the microheterogeneity degree as well as the macroscopic parameters on the gas saturation results. The main objective of the work is to investigate how microscopic effects could be accounted for by macroscopic variables during drainage.
KeywordsDrainage STOMP-WAE Microheterogeneity Relative permeability
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