Numerical Simulation of Gas Injection in Vertical Water Saturated Porous Media

Amina Islam, Sylvie Chevalier, Imen Ben Salem, Mohamed Sassi

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We present numerical simulations of drainage induced by air injection in a vertical water-saturated Hele-Shaw cell filled with glass microbeads. We use the macroscale Subsurface Transport Over Multiple Phases (STOMP) simulator developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Hydrology Group. To trigger fingering, we use random permeability fields consistent to capillary entry pressure fields. We compare the numerical results to our own experimental results shown in a previous study. We analyze the effects of the microheterogeneity degree as well as the macroscopic parameters on the gas saturation results. The main objective of the work is to investigate how microscopic effects could be accounted for by macroscopic variables during drainage.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)459-469
Number of pages11
JournalEnvironmental Modeling and Assessment
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2018


  • Drainage
  • Microheterogeneity
  • Relative permeability


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