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Title: Development of Geomechanical Screening Tools to Identify Risk: An Experimental and Modeling Approach for Secure CO 2 Storage Final Technical Report

Abstract

CO 2 injection in the subsurface introduces additional complexity in terms of interactions of the reservoir host pore fluid with natural heterogeneity of hydro-mechanical properties of the rock. Natural heterogeneity of the reservoir rock and caprock formations includes spatial variation of hydro-mechanical properties as well as the presence of natural fractures. We developed a coupled mathematical modeling and experimental framework that takes into account the effect of rock heterogeneity on effective mechanical properties of the rock in contact with CO 2. We performed accurate laboratory experiments to determine the changes in rock mechanical properties due to mineral dissolution in the presence of carbonic acid generated by CO 2 injection. A two-scale adaptive homogenization framework was then developed to consistently upscale petrophysical and geomechanical properties to the field scale. Further, we also developed high-fidelity, numerical solution schemes, non-linear and linear solvers and preconditioners to solve the coupled flow, reactive transport and geomechanical system. The numerical model was then used to study field scale CO 2 sequestration problems for the two selected field sites: (1) Frio formation and (2) Cranfield site. We also developed robust schemes for field data assimilation, model calibration such that the residual uncertainty at the end of themore » data assimilation procedures can be faithfully represented while taking into account the coupled geochemical and geomechanical processes.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [1]
  1. Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States)
  2. Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE)
OSTI Identifier:
1418156
Report Number(s):
DE-FE0023314
DOE Contract Number:  
FE0023314
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; 58 GEOSCIENCES; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Citation Formats

Wheeler, Mary, Srinivasan, Sanjay, and Espinoza, David. Development of Geomechanical Screening Tools to Identify Risk: An Experimental and Modeling Approach for Secure CO2 Storage Final Technical Report. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1418156.
Wheeler, Mary, Srinivasan, Sanjay, & Espinoza, David. Development of Geomechanical Screening Tools to Identify Risk: An Experimental and Modeling Approach for Secure CO2 Storage Final Technical Report. United States. doi:10.2172/1418156.
Wheeler, Mary, Srinivasan, Sanjay, and Espinoza, David. Tue . "Development of Geomechanical Screening Tools to Identify Risk: An Experimental and Modeling Approach for Secure CO2 Storage Final Technical Report". United States. doi:10.2172/1418156. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1418156.
@article{osti_1418156,
title = {Development of Geomechanical Screening Tools to Identify Risk: An Experimental and Modeling Approach for Secure CO2 Storage Final Technical Report},
author = {Wheeler, Mary and Srinivasan, Sanjay and Espinoza, David},
abstractNote = {CO2 injection in the subsurface introduces additional complexity in terms of interactions of the reservoir host pore fluid with natural heterogeneity of hydro-mechanical properties of the rock. Natural heterogeneity of the reservoir rock and caprock formations includes spatial variation of hydro-mechanical properties as well as the presence of natural fractures. We developed a coupled mathematical modeling and experimental framework that takes into account the effect of rock heterogeneity on effective mechanical properties of the rock in contact with CO2. We performed accurate laboratory experiments to determine the changes in rock mechanical properties due to mineral dissolution in the presence of carbonic acid generated by CO2 injection. A two-scale adaptive homogenization framework was then developed to consistently upscale petrophysical and geomechanical properties to the field scale. Further, we also developed high-fidelity, numerical solution schemes, non-linear and linear solvers and preconditioners to solve the coupled flow, reactive transport and geomechanical system. The numerical model was then used to study field scale CO2 sequestration problems for the two selected field sites: (1) Frio formation and (2) Cranfield site. We also developed robust schemes for field data assimilation, model calibration such that the residual uncertainty at the end of the data assimilation procedures can be faithfully represented while taking into account the coupled geochemical and geomechanical processes.},
doi = {10.2172/1418156},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {12}
}