Development of a mechanistic foam simulator: The population balance and generation by snap-off

A. H. Falls*, G. J. Hirasaki, T. W. Patzek, D. A. Gauglitz, D. D. Miller, T. Ratulowski

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Abstract

The mobility of a foam depends heavily on its texture, which is the distribution of bubble sizes in the dispersion. To incorporate this variable in a mechanistic simulator, the usual conservation equations are coupled with balances on the densities of flowing and stationary bubbles in the foam. This approach to modeling foam flow is illustrated with a simulation of a displacement in which foam is generated in situ by capillary snap-off.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)884-892
Number of pages9
JournalSPE Reservoir Engineering (Society of Petroleum Engineers)
Volume3
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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