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Transport in Porous Media

, Volume 58, Issue 1–2, pp 23–41 | Cite as

Predictive Pore-Scale Modeling of Single and Multiphase Flow

  • Perh H. Valvatne
  • Mohammad Piri
  • Xavier Lopez
  • Martin J. Blunt
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Abstract

We show how to predict flow properties for a variety of rocks using pore-scale modeling with geologically realistic networks. The pore space is represented by a topologically disordered lattice of pores connected by throats that have angular cross-sections. We successfully predict single-phase non-Newtonian rheology, and two and three-phase relative permeability for water-wet media. The pore size distribution of the network can be tuned to match capillary pressure data when a network representation of the system of interest is unavailable. The aim of this work is not simply to match experiments, but to use easily acquired data to estimate difficult to measure properties and to predict trends in data for different rock types or displacement sequences.

Keywords

multiphase flow pore-scale modeling relative permeability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Perh H. Valvatne
    • 1
  • Mohammad Piri
    • 1
  • Xavier Lopez
    • 1
  • Martin J. Blunt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Earth Science and EngineeringgImperial College LondonUK

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