Modeling an Ascending Nitrogen Gas Bubble in a Medium Crude Oil by Lattice Boltzmann Method
Fluid Mechanics
Volume 4, Issue 1, March 2018, Pages: 14-19
Received: Oct. 20, 2017; Accepted: Dec. 19, 2017; Published: Jan. 19, 2018
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Carolina del Valle Silva, Department of Strategic Research Production, Intevep, Los Teques, Venezuela
Luque Montilla Jesús Miguel, Department of Reservoir Studies, IOR Gas Injection Laboratory, Los Teques, Venezuela
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The study and modeling of oil biphasic systems, liquid-liquid and liquid-gas, focus mainly on the details of the modifications and application of the numerical methods itself. The correspondence between theoretical and experimental results and the information needed to apply a certain numerical method, usually remain in the background. On the other hand, in the particular case of the prediction of minimum miscibility pressure, extremely important parameter in oil exploration, references that show qualitative and numerical data associated with the characterization of the systems are scarce. The above reasons motivated the realization of this work. We used the Lattice Boltzmann Equation method to model a two-dimensional system of the displacement of a nitrogen gas bubble through a medium crude oil, under different pressure conditions keeping the temperature constant. According to experimental data, the bubble is not miscible by the crude, under a pressure range of 5000 psi to 6500 psi; nevertheless, the bubble is miscible in the range of 7000 psi to 7500 psi. Throughout simulations performed under similar conditions, we showed that it can be inferred the critical pressure range of miscibility of a medium crude oil.
LBE Method, Minimum Miscibility, Pressure, Gas Bubble
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Carolina del Valle Silva, Luque Montilla Jesús Miguel, Modeling an Ascending Nitrogen Gas Bubble in a Medium Crude Oil by Lattice Boltzmann Method, Fluid Mechanics. Vol. 4, No. 1, 2018, pp. 14-19. doi: 10.11648/
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