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  • Main Title Modification of chemical and physical factors in steamflood in increase heavy oil recovery. Annual report, October 1, 1994--September 30, 1995


  • Author: Yortsos, Y. C
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)


  • Name: Stanford University
    Place of Publication: California
    Additional Info: Stanford Univ., CA (United States)


  • Creation: 1996-10


  • English


  • Content Description: The objectives of this contract is to carry our fundamental research in heavy oil recovery in the following areas: displacement and flow properties of fluids involving phase change (condensation-evaporation) in porous media; flow properties of mobility control fluids (such as foam); and the effect of reservoir heterogeneity on oil recovery. The specific projects are motivated by and address the need to improve heavy oil recovery from typical reservoirs as well as less conventional fractured reservoirs. This report covers the work performed in these three areas in the past year. In the area of vapor-liquid flow we present a theoretical and numerical study of steam injection in a pore network. We characterize the displacement in terms of an effective mobility ratio and heat transfer parameters. Displacement patterns axe identified in the parameter space. In another study we discuss the problem of steam injection in fractured systems using visualization with micromodels. The interplay of drainage, imbibition and bubble growth is visualized. Conclusions are reached regarding the potential for steamflooding fractured systems. A third study focuses on the development of a pore-network model for foam formation and propagation in porous media. This model, for the first time, accounts for the fundamental mechanisms of foam propagation at the microscale and leads to the determination of various parameters that are currently treated empirically. The effect of viscous forces in displacements in heterogeneous media is described in two separate studies, one involving an extension of percolation theory to account for viscous effects, and another discussing the effect of geometry in general displacement processes.
  • Physical Description: 222 p.


  • Keyword: Oil Wells
  • STI Subject Categories: 02 Petroleum
  • Keyword: Liquid Flow
  • Keyword: Bubble Growth
  • Keyword: Heat Transfer
  • Keyword: Progress Report
  • Keyword: Porosity
  • Keyword: Fractured Reservoirs
  • Keyword: Heterogeneous Effects
  • Keyword: Steam Injection
  • Keyword: Reservoir Rock


  • Other Information: PBD: Oct 1996


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Other: DE96001258
  • Report No.: DOE/BC/14899--42
  • Grant Number: FG22-93BC14899
  • DOI: 10.2172/393376
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 393376
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc679158


  • Display Note: OSTI as DE96001258