Effects of net stress on two - Phase flow in coal fractures

Dennis A. Alexis, Zuleima T. Karpyn, Turgay Ertekin, Dustin Crandall

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

Determination of petro-physical properties of coal bed methane (CBM) reservoirs is essential in evaluating a potential prospect for commercial exploitation. In particular, coal fracture permeability and relative permeability of coal to gas and water are the most significant rock properties controlling the transport of natural gas and water to the wellbore. In this work, absolute and relative permeability of different coal samples were determined experimentally under steady-state flowing conditions. Multiphase flow tests were conducted using brine, helium as the flowing phases under different magnitudes of confining and pore pressures. Results indicate that effective stress (Confining pressure - average pore pressure) has a significant effect on both absolute and relative permeability of coal. As a result, relative permeability characteristics of CBM systems were found to be insufficiently represented as sole functions of fluid saturation. In addition, laboratory measurements were used to conduct field scale simulations of primary recovery from CBM systems using variable, stress-dependent relative permeabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUnconventional Resources Technology Conference 2013, URTC 2013
PublisherUnconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTEC)
ISBN (Print)9781613993026
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
EventUnconventional Resources Technology Conference 2013, URTC 2013 - Denver, United States
Duration: Aug 12 2013Aug 14 2013

Publication series

NameUnconventional Resources Technology Conference 2013, URTC 2013

Other

OtherUnconventional Resources Technology Conference 2013, URTC 2013
CountryUnited States
CityDenver
Period8/12/138/14/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Effects of net stress on two - Phase flow in coal fractures'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this