The effects of adsorption on injection into geothermal reservoirs

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The effects of an adsorbing phase on the injection of liquid and eventual production of vapor from a low-porosity, vapor dominated geothermal reservoir was studied. The magnitude of delay caused by adsorption, diffusion partitioning, preferential partitioning, and permeability variation were compared. Results were then compared to measured tracer production data at the Geysers to determine the most likely delay mechanism for injected tracer at the Geysers. A one-dimensional numerical model describing vapor flow in a porous medium in the presence of a sorbing phase was used to investigate the delay of injected tracer caused solely by the sorbing phase. An ... continued below

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Hornbrook, John W. & Horne, Roland N. January 20, 1994.

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The effects of an adsorbing phase on the injection of liquid and eventual production of vapor from a low-porosity, vapor dominated geothermal reservoir was studied. The magnitude of delay caused by adsorption, diffusion partitioning, preferential partitioning, and permeability variation were compared. Results were then compared to measured tracer production data at the Geysers to determine the most likely delay mechanism for injected tracer at the Geysers. A one-dimensional numerical model describing vapor flow in a porous medium in the presence of a sorbing phase was used to investigate the delay of injected tracer caused solely by the sorbing phase. An analytical model was used to describe delay effects due to diffusion partitioning of tracer from the vapor phase into the liquid phase. Properties of steam and tracer used in Geysers tracer studies were compared to determine the effects of preferential partitioning. Finally, a streamline model of a tracer study was used to determine the magnitude of permeability delays possible using permeability values measured at the Geysers. It was concluded that adsorption alone has very little effect on the delay of injected tracer indicating that little recharge of the adsorbed mass occurs for a typical injection program at the Geysers. Diffusion partitioning was shown to have a larger effect on tracer delay than adsorption while preferential partition was shown to have no effect. Permeability variation was shown to have the largest effect on tracer delay. Tracer delay was shown to be approximated closely by known permeability variations even when adsorption and diffusion effects are ignored.

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  • Proceedings, nineteenth workshop on geothermal reservoir engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, January 18-20, 1994

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  • Grant Number: FG07-90ID12934
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 889209
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Hornbrook, John W. & Horne, Roland N. The effects of adsorption on injection into geothermal reservoirs, article, January 20, 1994; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc884796/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.