Modeling of Dissolution Effects on Waterflooding

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Physico-chemical interactions between the fluid and reservoir rock due to the presence of active components in the injected brine produce changes within the reservoir and can significantly impact the fluid flow. We have developed a 1D numerical model for waterflooding accounting for dissolution and precipitation of the components. Extending previous studies, we consider an arbitrary chemical non-equilibrium reaction-induced dissolution. We account for different individual volumes that a component has when precipitated or dissolved. This volume non-additivity also affects the pressure and the flow rate. An equation of state is used to account for brine density variation with regard to pressure and composition. We present a numerical study of the evolution of the reservoir parameters in the framework of the developed model. It is demonstrated that the systems characterized by large Damkohler numbers (fast reaction rates) may exhibit rapid increase of porosity and permeability near the inlet probably indicating a formation of high permeable channels (wormholes). Water saturation in the zone of dissolution increases due to an increase in the bulk volume accessible for the injected fluid. Volumetric non-additivity is found to be responsible for insignificant change in the velocity of the displacement front.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTransport in Porous Media
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)545-562
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Dissolution
  • Porous media
  • Volumetric non-additivity
  • Waterflooding

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