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Simulating Hydraulic Fracturing and Contaminant Transport with MATLAB® and COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

D. W. Pepper [1], E. Nabizadeh [1], J. Waters [2],
[1] University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, USA
[2] 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 ...

Numerical Study on the Acoustic Field of a Deviated Borehole with 2.5D Method - new

L. Liu[1], W.J. Lin[1], H.L. Zhang[1]
[1]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 ...

Simulation of Geomechanical Reservoir Behavior during SAGD Process Using COMSOL Multiphysics®

X. Gong[1], R. Wan[1]
[1]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 ...

Simulation of Ground Heat Exchanger for Cryogenic Applications

F. Bergeron[1], P. Pasquier[1]
[1]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 ...

Benchmarking Tailored Formulations of Multiphase Flow in Porous Media

Á. Sainz [1,2], A. Nardi [1], E. Abarca [1], F. Grandía [1]
[1] Amphos 21 Consulting S.L., Barcelona, Spain
[2] 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 ...

Verification and Validation of Flow and Transport Processes in Fractured Porous Media

J. Perko, S. C. Seetharam, and D. Mallants
Belgian Nuclear Research Centre
SCK-CEN, Belgium

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[1], P. L. Mills[1]
[1]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.

CFD Simulation of Pore Pressure Oscillation Method to Measure the Permeability of Tight Formations

M. Mokhtari [1], S. A. Madani [1], A. Seibi [1],
[1] 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), ...

An Equivalent Kd-based Radionuclide Transport Model Implemented in COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

O. Silva [1], E. Abarca [1], J. Molinero [1], U. Kautsky [2]
[1] Amphos 21 Consulting, Barcelona, Spain
[2] 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 ...

Coupling Multiphysics with Geochemistry: The COMSOL-PhreeqC Interface

A. Nardi[1], L. M. de Vries[1], P. Trinchero[1], A. Enrique Idiart [1], J. Molinero[1]
[1]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 ...