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Development and Validation of a New Model for In Situ Foam Generation Using Foamer Droplets Injection
Transport in Porous Media ( IF 1.997 ) Pub Date : 2018-10-03 , DOI: 10.1007/s11242-018-1156-5
Juan D. Valencia, Alonso Ocampo, Juan M. Mejía

Abstract Foam generation and transport in porous media are a proven method to improve the sweep efficiency of a flooding fluid in enhanced oil recovery process and increase the effectiveness of a treatment fluid in well intervention procedures. Foam in the porous media is often generated using surfactant alternating gas or co-injection. Although these operations result in good incremental production, the profit losses could be high due to surfactant retention and lack of water injection facilities in the target fields. One way of reducing foam generation operations expenses is by injecting the surfactant solution disperse throughout the gas phase in a process called “disperse foam.” Core-flooding experimental results have shown that disperse foam techniques reduce the surfactant retention and increase cumulative oil production. This increase means that not only the foam is being generated but also it is blocking the high mobility channels and enhancing the sweep efficiency. Additionally, the operational implementation in field operations is very simple and reduces significantly operational costs of the process. Because few laboratory core-flooding tests and field pilots have been executed using the disperse foam technique, there is a high level of uncertainty associated with the method. Besides, the models reported in the literature do not account for all the associated phenomena, including the surfactant droplets transfer between the gas and liquid phases, and the lamellae stability at low water saturation. For this reason, the development of a mechanistic disperse foam model is key to understand the phenomena associated with “disperse foam” operations. In this work, we use a previous foam mechanistic model to develop a disperse foam model that includes the physicochemical mechanisms of the foaming process a core scale. The model accounts for the foamer mass transference between the gas and liquid phases in a non-equilibrium state with a particle interception model, also accounts for the reversible and irreversible surfactant adsorption on the rock surface in dynamic conditions with a first-order kinetic model, and includes foam generation, coalescence and, transport using a population balance mechanistic model.
更新日期:2020-01-11

 

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