Compositional modeling in three-phase flow for CO2 and other fluid injections using higher-order finite element methods

Shuyu Sun*, Abbas Firoozabadi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

CO2 injection is one of the most attractive options for water-flooded reservoirs. The numerical simulation of the process is computationally challenging; it requires accurate compositional modeling of three-phase flow in porous media. In this work, we simulate for the first time, three-phase compositional flow using higher-order finite element methods. Our numerical model is based on an iterative IMPEC coupling of the pressure equation and species transport equations, which are solved by mixed finite element (MFE) and discontinuous Galerkin (DG) methods, respectively. A number of numerical examples in one and two dimensions are presented to illustrate the modeling capability of the proposed algorithm. We take into account various phase behavior effects including swelling, viscosity reduction and vaporization from CO2 injection in water-flooded reservoirs. The model captures the spike in concentration. Numerical comparison of our combined MFE-DG approach with the conventional upstream weighted finite difference method indicates that MFE-DG has low numerical diffusion. The proposed MFE-DG method can capture the solution discontinuities and yield accurate prediction of shock locations arising in computational three-phase flow. The work sets the stage for broad extension of the higher-order methods for numerical simulation of three-phase flow for complex geometries and complex processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSociety of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2009, ATCE 2009
Pages3649-3674
Number of pages26
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
EventSPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2009, ATCE 2009 - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Oct 4 2009Oct 7 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition
Volume6

Other

OtherSPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2009, ATCE 2009
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA
Period10/4/0910/7/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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