Prediction of fluid occupancy in fractures using network modeling and x-ray microtomography. I: Data conditioning and model description

Zuleima T. Karpyn, Mohammad Piri

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Abstract

This paper presents a two-dimensional pore-scale network model of a rough-walled fracture whose inner structure had been mapped using x-ray microtomography. The model consists of a rectangular lattice of conceptual pores and throats representing local aperture variations. It is a two-phase model that takes into account capillary, viscous, and gravity forces. Mapping of fluids and fracture topology was done at a voxel resolution of 0.027×0.027×0.032 mm3, which allowed the construction of realistic fracture representations for modeling purposes. This paper describes the necessary data conditioning for network modeling, a different approach to determine advancing and receding contact angles from direct x-ray microtomography scans, and the network model formulation and methods used in the determination of saturation, absolute and relative permeabilities, capillary pressures, and fluid distributions. Direct comparison of modeled results and experimental observations, for both drainage and imbibition processes, is presented in the companion paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number016315
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume76
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 31 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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