Prediction of enthalpy production from fractured geothermal reservoirs using partitioning tracers

Xingru Wu, Gary A. Pope, G. Michael Shook, Sanjay Srinivasan

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Abstract

The goal of geothermal reservoir management is to economically recover as much energy as possible from the reservoir. This paper presents the development of improved techniques for monitoring and predicting two-phase mass and heat transport in fractures. Partitioning tracers can yield valuable, early information about fracture properties used within a semi-analytical approach for calculating enthalpy production from the fractured system. This is demonstrated for a synthetic model with a fracture network. The comparisons of the semi-analytical solutions with the simulation results show that the model predicts enthalpy production is easy, fast and ideally suited for sensitivity studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1453-1466
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume51
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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