Transport in Porous Media

, Volume 96, Issue 1, pp 39–62 | Cite as

Numerical Simulation of Diagenetic Alteration and Its Effect on Residual Gas in Tight Gas Sandstones

  • Maša Prodanović
  • Steven L. Bryant
  • J. Steven Davis


In this study, we numerically cemented a segmented X-ray microtomography image of a sandstone to understand changes to pore space connectivity, capillary control on gas, and water distributions, and ultimately production behavior in tight gas sandstone reservoirs. Level set method-based progressive quasi-static algorithm (a state-of-the-art direct simulation of capillarity-dominated fluid displacement) was used to find the gas/water configurations during drainage and imbibition cycles. Further, we account for gas–water interfacial tension changes using 1D burial history model based on available geologic data. We have found the displacement simulation method robust, and that diagenetic changes impart a significantly larger effect on gas trapping compared with interfacial tension changes.


Numerical cementation Drainage and imbibition X-ray images Level set method Burial history 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maša Prodanović
    • 1
  • Steven L. Bryant
    • 1
  • J. Steven Davis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Petroleum and Geosystems EngineeringThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  2. 2.Exxon Mobil Upstream Research CompanyHoustonUSA

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