A lattice model of foam flow in porous media: A percolation approach

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Because fluid flow in porous media is opaque to most observational techniques simulations of the processes occurring in porous media have become important. Typical reservoir simulations treat the flow as taking place in some averaged (Darcy-scale) medium but simulations can also be carried out at the level of the network of pores and throats of the porous medium. We report the results of a pore-scale investigation of mechanisms for the alteration of mobility by foam lamella blockage in a network of these spaces and channels of porous media. Saturation and relative permeability curves are obtained using well-known power-law expressions of percolation theory and a rescaling of the percolation parameter readily permits a number of lamella-blocking mechanisms to be treated. An explanation of the shift in breakthrough gas saturation and the deformation of the shape of permeability vs saturation curves upon introduction of foam is provided for a variety of blocking mechanisms. The qualitatively different features seen in experimental studies of modification of gas mobility by foam can be rationalized using only two parameters which characterize the throat-size at which blockage commences and the degree of blockage. © 1993 Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Laidlaw, WG; Wilson, WG; Coombe, DA

Published Date

  • May 1, 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 139 - 159

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-1634

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0169-3913

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF01059631

Citation Source

  • Scopus