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Journal of Porous Media
Fator do impacto: 1.49 FI de cinco anos: 1.159 SJR: 0.43 SNIP: 0.671 CiteScore™: 1.58

ISSN Imprimir: 1091-028X
ISSN On-line: 1934-0508

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Journal of Porous Media

DOI: 10.1615/JPorMedia.v18.i2.60
pages 153-164


Shengdong Wang
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4, Canada
Mingzhe Dong
School of Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580, People's Republic of China; Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada


The relative permeabilities at low saturation and high capillary pressure are important for any drainage process such as CO2 storage and steam-assisted gravity drainage. The relative permeabilities can be estimated by analyzing the wetting phase production histories at each step in a multistep drainage process. Different from the conventional porous plate method, the multistep drainage process applies a plastic membrane to significantly reduce experiment time while prevent the nonwetting phase from being discharged from the porous medium The conventional tubebundle model has some difficulties in modeling this process because in a drainagetype process the sealing effect of the membrane significantly changes the multiphase flow pattern. In this paper, an extended interactive tubebundle model (ITBM) was developed to model this process. First, in order to qualitatively model this process, a new threetube interacting capillary model was developed and the reverse flood and bidirectional flood were properly modeled. This model also explains in concept why, in this process, the phase with lower mobility determines the wetting phase production history. After that, the threetube interacting capillary model was extended to a complex ITBM, consisting of hundreds of tubes. The saturation profiles along the porous medium, the wetting phase production curves, and the multistep drainage process were all successfully modeled. The application of the ITBM indicates that it can better represent the pore structure of a porous medium and potentially be applied to history match a multistep drainage process.