Transport in Porous Media

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 315–338 | Cite as

1-D Modeling of Hydrate Depressurization in Porous Media

  • X. Sun
  • N. Nanchary
  • K. K. Mohanty


A thermal, three-phase, one-dimensional numerical model is developed to simulate two regimes of gas production from sediments containing methane hydrates by depressurization: the dissociation-controlled regime and the flow-controlled regime. A parameter namely dissociation-flow time-scale ratio, Rτ, is defined and employed to identify the two regimes. The numerical model uses a finite-difference scheme; it is implicit in water and gas saturations, pressure and temperature, and explicit in hydrate saturation. The model shows that laboratory-scale experiments are often dissociation-controlled, but the field-scale processes are typically flow-controlled. Gas production from a linear reservoir is more sensitive to the heat transfer coefficient with the surrounding than the longitudinal heat conduction coefficient, in 1-D simulations. Gas production is not very sensitive to the well temperature boundary condition. This model can be used to fit laboratory-scale experimental data, but the dissociation rate constant, the multiphase flow parameters and the heat transfer parameters are uncertain and should be measured experimentally.


hydrate reservoir depressurization modeling heat transfer methane hydrates gas production 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • X. Sun
    • 1
  • N. Nanchary
    • 1
  • K. K. Mohanty
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA

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