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Study of the macro-scale transition emerging from non-Newtonian fluid flow through porous media

Zami-Pierre, Frédéric and Davit, Yohan and Loubens, Romain de and Quintard, Michel Study of the macro-scale transition emerging from non-Newtonian fluid flow through porous media. (2016) In: 15th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery (ECMOR XV), 29 August 2016 - 1 September 2016 (Amsterdam, Netherlands).

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Abstract

Over the last decades, the intensive use of polymer mixtures in Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) has led to a great effort in understanding the flow of such fluids through complex porous media. While the macro-scale behavior of these fluids has been actively investigated using core-scale experiments, the link with the micro-scale fundamental physics of the flow remains largely unexplored. A transition from a Newtonian to a non-Newtonian macro-scale regime has been observed. Recently, a simple model has been proposed to characterize the critical Darcy velocity associated to this transition phenomenon. Here, we use computational fluid dynamics, conceptual porous media and experimental datasets provided by the literature to test the robustness this model. We conclude that the model is valid. Furthermore, it allows, via an explicit formulation, a better understanding of the critical Darcy velocity associated to the transition.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Thanks to 15th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery (ECMOR XV, 29 august-01 september 2016, Amsterdam (Netherlands), http://eage.org/event/index.php?eventid=1416&evp=17322&ActiveMenu=&Opendivs=&act=det&prev=&ses=3665
Audience (journal):Special issue journal
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT (FRANCE)
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Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UPS (FRANCE)
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Deposited By: Frédéric Zami-Pierre
Deposited On:05 Sep 2016 07:26

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