Robust and accurate formulation for modeling of acid stimulation

P. Tomin*, D. Voskov

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Accurate representation of processes associated with energy extraction from subsurface formations often requires models which account for chemical interactions between different species in the presence of multiphase flow. In this study, we focus on modeling of acid stimulation in the near-well region. For the chemical processes which include a dissolution of rock material, an issue arises with the predictive representation of flow. Taking into account the spatial scale of discretization, some of simulation control volumes can have values of porosity close to 1, which makes an application of Darcy's law inconsistent and requires employing a true momentum equation such as the Darcy-Brinkman-Stokes (DBS) equation. The DBS equation automatically switches the description between Darcy equation in control volumes with low porosity and Stokes equation in grid blocks with high porosity. For chemical reactions, we propose a local nonlinear solution technique that allows solving the balance of solid species separately yet retaining the full coupling with rest of the equations. Finally, we study the impact of multiphase flow. The DBS approach is not well established for multiphase flow description. Therefore we employ a hybrid approach, where we assume that the single-phase DBS flow and the multiphase Darcy flow occur in separate regions. We test the accuracy and performance of both approaches on realistic models of practical interest.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, ECMOR 2018
EditorsD. Gunasekera
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9789462822603
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event16th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, ECMOR 2018: 3–6 September 2018, Barcelona, Spain - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 3 Sep 20186 Sep 2018
Conference number: 16


Conference16th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery, ECMOR 2018
Abbreviated titleECMOR 2018
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