In this research work, an Intermingled Fractal Units' model (IFU's model) has been proposed with the aim of predicting water vapour permeability characteristics of porous rock, normally studied in gas reservoir field. IFU modelling approach commences with the reproduction of experimental pore size distribution with the help of diverse fractal base units mixed together. This procedure allows simulating the porous microstructure in terms of pore cumulative curve or pore size distribution. An analytical procedure is used for obtaining the permeability values. The studied rocks include limestone from South Sardinia quarries and have similar characteristics of those studied in gas reservoir field. They have been taken from four different parts (systems A, B, C and D) of the quarry for the assessment of the heterogeneity of this rock. From the experimental tests, the average water vapour permeability values are equal to 7.22 ± 1.22, 4.21 ± 1.51, 10.09 ± 1.11 and 10.12 ± 2.4210−12 kg m−1 s−1 Pa−1 respectively for systems A, B, C and D, whereas predictions by IFU are respectively equal to 7.15 ± 1.55, 4.25 ± 1.45, 10.12 ± 1.22 and 9.98 ± 2.1810−12 kg m−1 s−1 Pa−1. The comparison shows a good capacity of IFU procedure to predict water vapour permeability values.

Fluid flow in complex porous media: Experimental data and IFU model predictions for water vapour permeability

PIA, GIORGIO
2016

Abstract

In this research work, an Intermingled Fractal Units' model (IFU's model) has been proposed with the aim of predicting water vapour permeability characteristics of porous rock, normally studied in gas reservoir field. IFU modelling approach commences with the reproduction of experimental pore size distribution with the help of diverse fractal base units mixed together. This procedure allows simulating the porous microstructure in terms of pore cumulative curve or pore size distribution. An analytical procedure is used for obtaining the permeability values. The studied rocks include limestone from South Sardinia quarries and have similar characteristics of those studied in gas reservoir field. They have been taken from four different parts (systems A, B, C and D) of the quarry for the assessment of the heterogeneity of this rock. From the experimental tests, the average water vapour permeability values are equal to 7.22 ± 1.22, 4.21 ± 1.51, 10.09 ± 1.11 and 10.12 ± 2.4210−12 kg m−1 s−1 Pa−1 respectively for systems A, B, C and D, whereas predictions by IFU are respectively equal to 7.15 ± 1.55, 4.25 ± 1.45, 10.12 ± 1.22 and 9.98 ± 2.1810−12 kg m−1 s−1 Pa−1. The comparison shows a good capacity of IFU procedure to predict water vapour permeability values.
Fractal model; Gas permeability; Pore size distribution; Porosity; Porous media; Energy Engineering and Power Technology
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