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Improved Modeling of Gravity-Aided Spontaneous Imbibition Using Momentum-Equation-Based Relative PermeabilitiesNormal access

Authors: P.Ø. Andersen, Y. Qiao, S. Evje and D.C. Standnes
Event name: IOR 2017 - 19th European Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery
Session: Poster Introductions 1
Publication date: 24 April 2017
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201700303
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
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It is well known that relative permeabilities (RPs) can vary depending on the flow configuration and are lower during counter-current flow as compared to co-current flow. In this paper we use a novel two-phase momentum-equation approach to generate effective RPs where this dependence (and others) is well captured whereby the fluids transfer momentum due to fluid-rock interaction and fluid-fluid interaction. During co-current flow the faster moving fluid accelerates the slow fluid, but is itself decelerated, while for counter-current flow they are both decelerated. We investigate recovery of oil from a matrix block surrounded by water due to a combination of gravity drainage (GD) and spontaneous imbibition (SI), relevant for fractured reservoirs. In capillary-dominated systems the flow is counter-current and viscous coupling can result in increased time scale of the recovery process. During gravity-dominated flow it is more co-current and applying co-currently measured relative permeabilities from the lab becomes a better assumption. Using one set of parameters the momentum-equation approach is thus able to model the behavior of blocks of different operating at different Bond numbers in the reservoir.

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