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Analytic analysis for oil recovery during counter-current imbibition in strongly water-wet systems
Dept. of Earth Science/Engineering, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom.
2005 (English)In: Transport in Porous Media, ISSN 0169-3913, E-ISSN 1573-1634, Vol. 58, no 1-2, 173-189 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We study counter-current imbibition, where a strongly wetting phase ( water) displaces non-wetting phase spontaneously under the influence of capillary forces such that the non-wetting phase moves in the opposite direction to the water. We use an approximate analytical approach to derive an expression for saturation profile when the viscosity of the non-wetting phase is non-negligible. This makes the approach applicable to water flooding in hydrocarbon reservoirs, or the displacement of non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) by water. We find the recovery of non-wetting phase as a function of time for one-dimensional flow. We compare our predictions with experimental results in the literature. Our formulation reproduces experimental data accurately and is superior to previously proposed empirical models.

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2005. Vol. 58, no 1-2, 173-189 p.
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imbibition, counter current flow, fractured reservoirs
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Chemical Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-87282DOI: 10.1007/s11242-004-5474-4ISI: 000226900100009OAI: diva2:501583
QC 20120229Available from: 2012-02-14 Created: 2012-02-14 Last updated: 2012-02-29Bibliographically approved

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