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Energies 2017, 10(12), 2059; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10122059

Solid-Liquid Interfacial Effects on Residual Oil Distribution Utilizing Three-Dimensional Micro Network Models

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School of Civil and Resources Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China
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Research Institute of Yanchang Petroleum (Group) Co. Ltd., Shanxi 716000, China
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Received: 6 September 2017 / Revised: 14 November 2017 / Accepted: 24 November 2017 / Published: 5 December 2017
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Abstract

A number of experiments on fluid flow at the micro/nano-scale have demonstrated that flow velocity obviously deviates from the classical Poiseuille’s law due to the micro forces between the wall and the fluid. Based on an oil–water two-phase network simulation model, a three-dimensional pore-scale micro network model with solid–liquid interfacial effects was established. The influences of solid–liquid interface effects including van der Waals force and wettability on the residual oil distribution and relative permeability were investigated through microscopic simulation. The effects of pore radius, pore–throat size ratio, shaping factor, and coordination number on the residual oil distribution were analyzed at the same time. The results showed that the oil recovery would be overestimated by about 4% without van der Waals force in a water-wet reservoir. The impact of van der Waals force on water-wet reservoirs was significantly obvious in contrast with oil-wet reservoirs. In addition, the residual oil distribution was significantly influenced by pore radius in water-wet reservoir, comparatively influenced by pore–throat size ratio in oil-wet reservoir. The present study illustrates the successful application of three-dimensional micro network models considering solid–liquid interfacial effects, and provides new insights for oil recovery enhancement. View Full-Text
Keywords: van der waals force; solid–liquid interface effects; three-dimensional micro network model; residual oil distribution van der waals force; solid–liquid interface effects; three-dimensional micro network model; residual oil distribution
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Zhu, W.; Li, B.; Liu, Y.; Song, H.; Wang, X. Solid-Liquid Interfacial Effects on Residual Oil Distribution Utilizing Three-Dimensional Micro Network Models. Energies 2017, 10, 2059.

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