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Experimental Investigation of a Two-Phase Drainage Process in Porous Media

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Afshin Goharzadeh, Yap Yit Fatt, Jake Joong Hoon Song, John Chai, Francisco Vargas

The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Paper No. MNHMT2013-22237, pp. V001T11A012; 5 pages
  • ASME 2013 4th International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat and Mass Transfer
  • ASME 2013 4th International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Hong Kong, China, December 11–14, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5615-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


This paper presents an experimental study of two phase water-oil displacement in transparent porous media model made of mini-channels. The working fluid (water or/and oil) was injected into the porous matrix using a syringe pump with a constant flow rate. The influence of gravity and flow rates were studied. The volume fraction was defined and measured during the drainage. Two different experimental configurations, namely vertical and horizontal mini-channel were studied. For the vertical mini-channel, two injections, namely gravity-assisted (top-to-bottom) injection and anti-gravity (bottom-to-top) injection were performed. Experiments using horizontal mini-channel were also performed with the inlet and outlet placed on the same horizontal plane. It was observed that the gravity has significant effect in case of gravity-assisted injection and did not influence the anti-gravity injection or the horizontal injection setups.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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