Modeling of Shale Gas Adsorption and its Influence on Phase Equilibrium

Diego Rolando Sandoval Lemus*, Wei Yan, Michael Locht Michelsen, Erling Halfdan Stenby

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Natural gas and oil produced from shale accounts for a signicant portion in the global production. Due to the large surface area and high organic content in shale formations, adsorption plays a major role in the storage of the hydrocarbons within the rock and their phase equilibrium. This study provides a comparison of several engineering models for gas adsorption in shale based on the recent literature data for pure and binary gases. For pure components, Langmuir, the modied Toth-Langmuir, and the Multicomponent Potential Theory of Adsorption using Dubinin-Radushkevich potential (MPTA-DRA) were compared. The three models show similar deviations lower than 10%. For binary gases, Multicomponent Langmuir (ML), Ideal Adsorbed Solution Theory (IAST) and MPTA were evaluated, where MPTA shows the lowest deviation with 17.9%. Additionally, we presented an analysis of the phase envelope shift under the in uence of the capillary pressure and the adsorption lm. ML and IAST were used to calculate the adsorption amount whereas MPTA was used to gen- erate articial adsorption data over large temperature range and for other homologous hydrocarbons to estimate the ML and IAST parameters. The adsorption lm thickness was considered in the calculation of the eective capillary radius and the corresponding capillary pressure. The combined eects modify the saturation pressure in the whole temperature range except at the critical point. The biggest impact was found on the bubble point branch away from the critical point where the interfacial tension of the system is more pronounced.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIndustrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Pages (from-to)5736-5747
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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