Simulating Hydraulic Fracturing and Contaminant Transport with MATLAB® and COMSOL Multiphysics® Software
D. W. Pepper , E. Nabizadeh , J. Waters ,
 University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, USA
 Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a technique used to extract oil and gas in shale rock. A mixture of water, sand, and chemicals are pumped into the well at high pressures to keep the fissures open, which allows the gas to flow. Although intermediate casings are inserted into the well to prevent the fracturing fluid or oil or gas from entering the water supply at the ground water layer ...
L. Liu, W.J. Lin, H.L. Zhang
State Key Laboratory of Acoustics, Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
In this paper, we use the PDE interface of COMSOL Multiphysics® software to implement the 2.5D frequency wave-number domain method to investigate the wave propagation in a deviated borehole penetrating a transversely isotropic formation. A convolutional perfectly matched layer is realized to eliminate the reflections from the artificial truncation boundary. With this method, we can obtain the ...
X. Gong, R. Wan
University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
THM (Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical) behavior of the reservoir during SAGD (Steam-Assistant-Gravity-Drainage) was studied through a proper constitutive modeling of the porous media. Specifically, a generalized density-stress-fabric dependent elasto-plastic model with stress-dilatancy and plastic damage as main ingredients was implemented into COMSOL Multiphysics®, to model geomechanical behavior during ...
F. Bergeron, P. Pasquier
École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
Ground freezing techniques using liquid nitrogen are commonly used in order to increase the mechanical properties of the soils. This article presents a new ground heat exchanger using aluminum to increase the effective radius of the heat exchanger. Simulation results indicate that the current design generates a significant thermal short-circuit between the circulation pipes that must be ...
Á. Sainz [1,2], A. Nardi , E. Abarca , F. Grandía 
 Amphos 21 Consulting S.L., Barcelona, Spain
 Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
Nowadays, gas and nuclear waste storage, shale gas and EOR exploitation rise the need to understand and predict the fate of multiphase flows in the underground. Various formulations for multiphase flow arise from different linear combinations of governing equations and choice of associated unknowns. Each formulation has its own benefits and drawbacks; and the optimal may vary depending on the ...
J. Perko, S. C. Seetharam, and D. Mallants
Belgian Nuclear Research Centre
Knowledge of the effect of fractures on fluid flow and transport is of great interest in many fields. In radioactive waste disposal the interest in fractures within concrete structure is because they are mostly more permeable than the matrix, there is less or no sorption and because long-term chemical concrete degradation could progress faster. Assessment of long-term transport processes is ...
Numerical Study of Flux Models for CO2 - Enhanced Natural Gas Recovery and Potential CO2 Storage in Shale Gas Reservoirs - new
N. Prajapati, P. L. Mills
Department of Chemical & Natural Gas Engineering, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX, USA
This work encompasses different physics involved in fluid flow in shale gas reservoir. Non-linear equations for fluid flow are solved with COMSOL Multiphysics® PDE module. It focuses on comparing the performance of various species transport flux models by accounting for inter-molecular interactions and gas-rock interactions.
M. Mokhtari , S. A. Madani , A. Seibi ,
 Department of Petroleum Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, USA
Accurate estimation of rock permeability and porosity play a crucial role in the evaluation of oil and gas reservoirs. This evaluation is, however, challenging in tight formations such as shale due to the slow transition of fluid in such formations with extremely-low permeability. To overcome the long experimental time of conventional technique for permeability measurement (steady-state method), ...
O. Silva , E. Abarca , J. Molinero , U. Kautsky 
 Amphos 21 Consulting, Barcelona, Spain
 Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co., Stockholm, Sweden
Radionuclide sorption is often simulated using a lumped approach where retention processes are represented by the distribution coefficient (Kd), which relates the radionuclide mass retained in the solid phase to its aqueous concentration. Classical Kd-based simulations rely on two strong assumptions: Kd depends on soil properties and is constant in time. However, sorption processes depend also ...
A. Nardi, L. M. de Vries, P. Trinchero, A. Enrique Idiart , J. Molinero
Amphos 21, Barcelona, Spain
Phreeqc is a program for simulating chemical reactions and 1D transport processes in aqueous systems. Several couplings between conservative transport codes and PHREEQC already exist. The methodology used here is based on the operator splitting concept: the transport of the aqueous components and the chemical reactions are solved in two different steps. The Java interface uses the COMSOL Java ...