Prediction of Non-Darcy flow effects on fluid flow through porous media based on field data

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The objective of this dissertation is to investigate the non-Darcy flow effects on field base data by considering gas viscosity, gas deviation factor and gas density as variables. To achieve it, different correlations from the literature and field data have been combined to Sawyer-Brown Method, thus a contribution has been achieved. Production history of selected gas field has been implemented to a numerical simulator. To find out non-Darcy effects quantitatively, Darcy flow conditions have also been run in the simulator for each scenario in addition to non-Darcy flow correlation runs. Extracted data from simulation runs have been analyzed on the basis of Sawyer-Brown Method by introducing several correlations to consider gas viscosity, gas deviation factor and gas density as variables. Engineering and scientific research on non-Darcy flow is still being conducted in order for better understanding the nonlinear flow behavior of fluids through porous media. The deviations from Darcy’s Law are attributed to the occurrence of all or alternating combinations of factors that can be categorized as the anisotropy of porosity and permeability, multi-phase flow of fluids in varying phases, magnitude of pressure drop and the subsequent phase change in fluids, and the change in flow regime at elevated rates of flow in porous media. Throughout this dissertation, the factors causing deviations from Darcy flow behavior have been investigated.


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Citation Formats
E. Alp, “Prediction of Non-Darcy flow effects on fluid flow through porous media based on field data,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2012.