Journal article

Simulation of two-phase flow in porous media with sharp material discontinuities

LK Tran, JC Kim, SK Matthäi

Advances in Water Resources | Elsevier | Published : 2020

Abstract

Geologic boundaries juxtaposing fine- against coarse-grained rock, have a profound impact on multiphase flow, giving rise to a spectrum of non-linear flow behaviors, ranging from capillary filtration, capillary holdup and the formation of transient ’vapour locks’, to spontaneous imbibition. Although these discontinuities tend to be small-scale features, their impact is felt on the large scale where they are challenging to model with regard to both, spatial discretization and dynamic flow simulation. We develop a new numerical scheme to handle jump discontinuities in pressure and saturation, embedding boundaries into a hybrid FE-FVM model of immiscible two-phase flow in porous media. The inte..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research and Development


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge the financial assistance provided through the Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research and Development (ANLEC R&D) (7-1115-0258). ANLEC R&D is supported by COAL21 Ltd and the Australian Government through the Clean Energy Initiative.