Investigation of Low Frequency Elastic Wave Application for Fluid Flow Percolation Enhancement in Fractured Porous Media
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In recent years, some numerical models have been proposed to investigate the effects of the elastic wave such as ultrasonic on fluid flow behavior in porous media. Nevertheless, none of these models are applicable to the fractured reservoirs, especially when the fluid is a Bingham plastic. In this work, the model proposed by P. P. Iassonov and I. A. Beresnev (2003) for flow under exposure of elastic wave in nonfractured porous media is considered and used for development of a new model of steady state flow of a Bingham plastic fluid in fractured reservoirs. The Kazemi's "block and fracture" model assuming negligible vertical permeability in blocks is considered for modeling. In addition, two-phase flow behavior under elastic wave in fractured system is investigated. The results showed that, at higher pressure gradients, vibration amplitude cannot highly influence the fluid percolation, in contrast at lower pressure gradients, the fluid flow through the fractured porous media can considerably be improved by increasing vibration amplitude. Also, it has been found that in two-phase flow systems, wave can increase the produced oil-water ratio in the fractured media. The results of this study can be applied to the fractured reservoir simulations and can be a path breaking to the future studies on the prediction of flow enhancement under elastic wave in the fractured reservoirs. © 2013 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
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Keshavarzi, B., Karimi, R., Najafi, I., Ghazanfari, M. H., Amani, M., & Ghotbi, C.