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Multiscale model for flow and transport in CO2-enhanced coalbed methane recovery incorporating gas mixture adsorption effects

Abstract : In this work we develop a multiscale model for flow and transport problem in CO 2-enhanced coalbed methane recovery. The coalbed methane reservoir is characterized by two levels of porosity associated with nanopores in the matrix and cleat network. Mass conservation equations for fluid mixture (CH 4 and CO 2) in the matrix at the microscale are rigorously derived by using the formal homogenization technique taking into account the gas mixture adsorption in the nanopores. The Density Functional Theory (DFT) is used to compute the gas adsorption isotherms and the solvation force acting on the nanopore wall, showing a much more pronounced adsorption capacity of CO 2 compared to CH 4. The average transport equations in the matrix together with the multiphase flow problem in fracture network (gas mixture and water) are homogenized giving rise to a macroscopic model ruled by the effective conductivities, partition and transfer coefficients. The cleat permeability evolution due to deformation is taken into account through a three-scale poromechanical model reported in a previous work. Computational simulations illustrate the macroscopic laws underlying the gas pressure distributions, cleat closure phenomena and CH 4 production curve enhanced by CO 2 injection.
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Tien Dung Le, Quoc Dat Ha, Irina Panfilov, Christian Moyne. Multiscale model for flow and transport in CO2-enhanced coalbed methane recovery incorporating gas mixture adsorption effects. Advances in Water Resources, Elsevier, 2020, 144, pp.103706. ⟨10.1016/j.advwatres.2020.103706⟩. ⟨hal-02922716⟩

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