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Numerical simulation of shale gas flow in three-dimensional fractured porous media

Kazmouz, SJ and Giusti, A and Mastorakos, E (2016) Numerical simulation of shale gas flow in three-dimensional fractured porous media. Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources, 16. pp. 90-112.

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Abstract

In this study, a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solver able to simulate shale gas flow as fluid flow in a porous medium on the macro level is presented. The shale gas flow is described by means of a tailored governing equation with both fluid properties and permeability expressed as a function of the effective pore pressure (stress effect) and with Knudsen effects included through an apparent permeability. This CFD solver, developed in the OpenFoam framework, allows for the simulation of three-dimensional fractured geometries without limitations on the shape of the domain. The solver was assessed and validated against literature data showing good agreement in terms of both recovery rate and pressure field profiles. The solver was then used to explore two different phenomena affecting shale gas dynamics: the diffusion behaviour and the influence of fracture geometry. It was shown that shale gas flow, on the macro level, is a diffusion-dominated phenomenon, and its behaviour can also be qualitatively represented by a diffusion equation. It was also shown that the early behaviour of shale gas flow is dictated by the fracture geometry, and that the reservoir dimensions have no effect on the flow at early times. Finally, a newly developed “dual-zone” solver, where the shale matrix and the fracture network are modelled as two distinct domains interacting through the common boundaries, is presented and discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div A > Energy
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:30
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2017 03:15
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