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Tracking a Foam Front in a 3D, Heterogeneous Porous Medium

Abstract

Foam is to be used as a blocking agent for confining a pollutant source zone and avoid spreading in an aquifer. To this end, it is necessary to determine where injected foam flows and stays inside a porous medium. This study examines the use of electrical resistivity tomography for this purpose. Foam is injected in a large-scale 3D heterogeneous porous medium (0.84 × 0.84 × 0.84 m). During the injection, electrical resistivity tomography measurements are performed. We show that combining a large number of measurements with inversion techniques allows for the monitoring of a foam front in 3D during the injection process.

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Boeije, C.S., Portois, C., Schmutz, M. et al. Tracking a Foam Front in a 3D, Heterogeneous Porous Medium. Transp Porous Med 131, 23–42 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11242-018-1185-0

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Keywords

  • Foam
  • Porous media
  • Environmental remediation
  • Electrical resistivity tomography