Library Subscription: Guest
Begell Digital Portal Begell Digital Library eBooks Journals References & Proceedings Research Collections
Journal of Porous Media
IF: 1.061 5-Year IF: 1.151 SJR: 0.504 SNIP: 0.671 CiteScore™: 1.58

ISSN Print: 1091-028X
ISSN Online: 1934-0508

Volume 21, 2018 Volume 20, 2017 Volume 19, 2016 Volume 18, 2015 Volume 17, 2014 Volume 16, 2013 Volume 15, 2012 Volume 14, 2011 Volume 13, 2010 Volume 12, 2009 Volume 11, 2008 Volume 10, 2007 Volume 9, 2006 Volume 8, 2005 Volume 7, 2004 Volume 6, 2003 Volume 5, 2002 Volume 4, 2001 Volume 3, 2000 Volume 2, 1999 Volume 1, 1998

Journal of Porous Media

DOI: 10.1615/JPorMedia.v15.i3.20
pages 211-232


Sohrab Zendehboudi
Memorial University
Ali Shafiei
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Ioannis Chatzis
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2l 3G1, Canada
Maurice B. Dusseault
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada


Multiphase flow simulation in porous media requires understanding of the physics of transport, tools for managing complicated scale-dependent structures, and effective solution methods. Complex two-phase flow in porous media under gravity drainage is addressed in this paper; mathematical simulation of the process in homogeneous and fractured porous media was carried out using COMSOL. A new approach is proposed to simulate time-dependent drainage in vertical porous physical models to investigate aspects of gravity drainage (free fall or controlled gravity drainage) on oil saturation distribution and oil production history. The effect of permeability heterogeneity in the form of fractures on the drainage process, as well as the evolution of relative permeability of the wetting and non-wetting phases, capillary pressure, and some other significant parameters, was mathematically investigated. The results obtained are compared with experimental data from laboratory tests were reported in the literature, showing a good agreement.