Viscous fingering in five-spot experimental porous media: New experimental results and numerical simulation

H. R. Zhang, K. S. Sorbie, N. B. Tsibuklis

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    Abstract

    A series of experimental floods at a range of mobility ratio which generates new data for unstable displacement processes is presented. These data are presented up to 100% recovery and included the following: effluent concentrations and recovery profiles, in situ visualization of the flow patterns, and measurement of the pressure field. The measurement of the pressure field is particularly novel and the information can be utilized to assess averaged models of viscous instability. A high accuracy numerical method is proposed to simulate the experimental five-spot stable and unstable displacements. The simulation reproduces the effluent concentrations, recovery performances and pressure drops, and also matches the main features of finger evolution.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)37-54
    Number of pages18
    JournalChemical Engineering Science
    Volume52
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 1997

    Keywords

    • five-spot experimemts
    • porous media
    • simulation
    • Viscous fingering

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