Modeling of Non-Newtonian Polymer Flooding with Adsorption and Retention Using Parametrization Approach

X. Lyu, D.V. Voskov, J. Mao

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Polymer flooding is one efficient EOR technology by overcoming non-uniform and unstable displacement caused by water injection. Polymer flooding in reservoirs is a complicated process that involves strongly nonlinear physics, e.g., non-Newtonian rheology in porous media with retention and adsorption. In the presence of multi-scale heterogeneity, high-fidelity simulations are usually required to capture such nonlinear behavior, which is a time-consuming process for conventional reservoir modelling.

In this study, we extend an advanced linearization strategy, called the Operator-Based Linearization (OBL) approach, to simulate non-Newtonian polymer flooding with retention and adsorption mechanisms using the fully implicit method. A velocity-dependent viscosity multiplier compliments the operator form of governing equations to represent the non-Newtonian rheology of the high-molecular-compound polymer. The retention of polymer, reducing the porosity, is represented by a Langmuir-type adsorption model. Several simplified models have been used for validation of the developed numerical framework. The numerical results show good agreement with both the analytical solutions and the coreflood experimental data though some negligible discrepancies can be observed in simulation results.

A highly resolved near-well model is used to test the performance of polymer flooding in realistic reservoir conditions. Both shear-thinning and thickening regimes, depending on the injection velocity and polymer concentration, are recognized in the near-wellbore zone. The injected polymer concentration and brine salinity significantly affect the shear viscosity, and consequently, polymer injectivity. Polymer retention and adsorption have a substantial effect on the rate of polymer propagation through porous media. Overall, polymer flooding shows its advantages to mitigate water fingering in field-scale operations and improves the ultimate sweep of the reservoir. However, optimal injectivity is one essential factor that affects the performance of polymer flooding. The computational superiority of the proposed model allows us to optimize the parameters of polymer flooding in realistic reservoirs and operational settings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Conference on the Mathematics of Geological Reservoirs 2022
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventEuropean Conference on the Mathematics of Geological Reservoirs - The Hague, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Sep 20227 Sep 2022


ConferenceEuropean Conference on the Mathematics of Geological Reservoirs
Abbreviated titleECMOR 2022
CityThe Hague

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