Description: We analyze the injection of liquid into a depleted geothermal reservoir using numerical, analytical and experimental techniques. We first investigate the injection of liquid at the base of a uniformly heated reservoir and show how an ascending liquid layer develops. Ahead of the liquid-vapor interface the temperature rises sharply and, for cases in which the permeability is sufficiently high, the vapor is approximately isobaric. The region immediately behind the advancing liquid-vapor interface is approximately isothermal and therefore, the fraction vaporizing is dependent on the reservoir superheat. When the reservoir is overlain by a supercooled zone, some of the vapor produced at the ascending liquid-vapor interface condenses. As a result, the amount of newly formed vapor available for subsequent extraction can be significantly reduced.
Date: January 1, 1995
Creator: Fitzgerald, S.D. & Woods, W.
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