We study and document the influence of wetting and nonwetting trapped immiscible fluid on the probability distribution of pore-scale velocities of the flowing fluid phase. We focus on drainage and imbibition processes within a three-dimensional microcomputed tomographic image of a real rock sample. The probability distribution of velocity magnitude displays a heavier tail for trapped nonwetting than wetting fluid. This behavior is a signature of marked changes in the distribution and strength of preferential flow paths promoted by the wettability property of the trapped fluid. When the latter is wetting the host solid matrix, high-velocity areas initially present during single-phase flow conditions are mainly characterized by increased or decreased velocity magnitudes, and the velocity field remains correlated with its counterpart associated with the single-phase case. Otherwise, when the trapped fluid is nonwetting, features that are observed to prevail are appearance and disappearance of high-velocity areas and a velocity field that is less correlated to the one obtained under single-phase conditions.

Pore-scale velocities in three-dimensional porous materials with trapped immiscible fluid

Guedon G. R.;Inzoli F.;Riva M.;Guadagnini A.
2019

Abstract

We study and document the influence of wetting and nonwetting trapped immiscible fluid on the probability distribution of pore-scale velocities of the flowing fluid phase. We focus on drainage and imbibition processes within a three-dimensional microcomputed tomographic image of a real rock sample. The probability distribution of velocity magnitude displays a heavier tail for trapped nonwetting than wetting fluid. This behavior is a signature of marked changes in the distribution and strength of preferential flow paths promoted by the wettability property of the trapped fluid. When the latter is wetting the host solid matrix, high-velocity areas initially present during single-phase flow conditions are mainly characterized by increased or decreased velocity magnitudes, and the velocity field remains correlated with its counterpart associated with the single-phase case. Otherwise, when the trapped fluid is nonwetting, features that are observed to prevail are appearance and disappearance of high-velocity areas and a velocity field that is less correlated to the one obtained under single-phase conditions.
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