Advertisement

Oxygen Transport Under Combustion Conditions in a Fracture-Porous Medium System

  • O. Cazarez-CandiaEmail author
  • G. Rojas Altamirano
  • C. G. Aguilar-Madera
Conference paper
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)

Abstract

In this work the oxygen transport was modeled numerically, at pore scale, in a matrix-fracture system saturated by nitrogen. This system appears when the in-situ combustion (ISC) method is applied for oil recovery in fractured reservoirs. The main aim was to study the effect of oxygen flow rate and the fracture width on the oxygen transport from the fracture to the porous matrix due to this controls the combustion front propagation. The porous matrix microstructure was modeled as a medium composed by circular particles in a periodic arrangement. In order to simulate the combustion reaction that occurs in an in-situ combustion process, the coke-oxygen reaction was taken into account on the particles surface. The gas, coke and oxygen mass balances as well as the gas momentum balance were resolved using a software that involves the finite element technique. The oxygen distribution was studied in the matrix-fracture system as a function of: (1) the oxygen flow rate, and (2) the fracture width. It was found that increasing such parameters stimulate the coke consumption. Moreover, they increase the oxygen transport from the fracture to the matrix.

Keywords

Oxygen Transport Combustion Reaction Combustion Front Oxygen Flow Rate Coke Consumption 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

  1. Awoleke OG, Castanier LM, Kovscek AR (2010) An experimental investigation of in-situ combustion in heterogeneous media. In: Canadian unconventional resources and international petroleum conference. No. 137608-MS. Canadian Society for Unconventional Gas/Society of Petroleum Engineers, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 19–21 October 2010Google Scholar
  2. Bird RB, Stewart WE, Lightfoot EN (2010) Fenomenos de transporte. Limusa Wiley, Mexico DFGoogle Scholar
  3. Cazarez-Candia O, Cruz-Hernandez J, Islas-Juarez R, Marquez-Ramirez E (2010) A theoretical and experimental study of combustion tubes. Pet Sci Technol 28:1186–1196CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Fadaei H (2009) Etude de la récupération de bruts lourds en réservoir carbonaté fracturé par le procédé de combustion in situ. Doctoral dissertation, Université de ToulouseGoogle Scholar
  5. Greaves M, Javanmardi G, Field RW (1991) In situ combustion (isc) in fractured heavy oil reservoirs. In: 6th European IOR-symposium. Stavanger, Norway, 21–23 May 1991Google Scholar
  6. Mamora DD (1993) Kinetics of in situ combustion. Doctoral dissertation, Stanford UniversityGoogle Scholar
  7. Rolle M, Hochstetler D, Chiogna G, Kitanidis PK (2012) Experimental investigation and pore-scale modeling interpretation of compound-specific transverse dispersion in porous media. Transp Porous Media 93:347–362CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Sarathi P (1999) In-situ combustion handbook- principles and practices. Technical Report DOE/PC/91008-0374, OSTI ID 3174, National Petroleum Technology Office, Tulsa, USAGoogle Scholar
  9. Schulte WM, de Vries AS (1985) In-situ combustion in naturally fractured heavy oil reservoirs. Soc Pet Eng J 25(1):67–77CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. White FM (2001) Fluid mechanics. McGraw-Hill, Boston USAGoogle Scholar
  11. Wilke CR (1950) A viscosity equation for gas mixtures. J Chem Phys 18:517CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Cazarez-Candia
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. Rojas Altamirano
    • 2
  • C. G. Aguilar-Madera
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Instituto Mexicano del PetróleoMexicoMexico
  2. 2.Departamento de MetalmecánicaInstituto Tecnológico de ZacatepecZacatepec de HidalgoMexico
  3. 3.Facultad de Ciencias de la TierraUniversidad Autónoma de Nuevo LeónLinaresMexico

Personalised recommendations