A computational model for a multi-path leakage of geo-sequestered CO2

Mehdi Musivand Arzanfudi, Rafid al Khoury

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A computational model for the combined CO2 leakage through abandoned wellbores and heterogeneous geological layers is introduced. The averaging theory is utilized to described the multiphase flow in the reservoir, and the drift flux model is utilized to describe the multiphase flow in the wellbore. The governing equations are solved numerically using a mixed-discretization finite element approach [1-3]. A stationary partition of unity is utilized to model the discontinuity in flow field between adjacent geological layers, and a moving partition of unity, together with the level set method, is utilized to model the movement of the fluid front in the wellbore. Due to the significant difference in the time scale between the flow in the wellbore and the reservoir, a multi-time-step scheme is introduced. The proposed computational model allows the use of structured, relatively coarse and geometry-independent finite element meshes.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventEngineering Mechanics Institute Conference 2015 - Stanford University, Stanford, United States
Duration: 16 Jun 201519 Jun 2015


ConferenceEngineering Mechanics Institute Conference 2015
Abbreviated titleEMI 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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