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Title: Comprehensive comparison of pore-scale models for multiphase flow in porous media

Abstract

Multiphase flows in porous media are important in many natural and industrial processes. Pore-scale models for multiphase flows have seen rapid development in recent years and are becoming increasingly useful as predictive tools in both academic and industrial applications. However, quantitative comparisons between different pore-scale models, and between these models and experimental data, are lacking. Here, we perform an objective comparison of a variety of state-of-the-art pore-scale models, including lattice Boltzmann, stochastic rotation dynamics, volume-of-fluid, level-set, phase-field, and pore-network models. As the basis for this comparison, we use a dataset from recent microfluidic experiments with precisely controlled pore geometry and wettability conditions, which offers an unprecedented benchmarking opportunity. We compare the results of the 14 participating teams both qualitatively and quantitatively using several standard metrics, such as fractal dimension, finger width, and displacement efficiency. We find that no single method excels across all conditions and that thin films and corner flow present substantial modeling and computational challenges.

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  1. McMaster Univ., Hamilton, ON (Canada)
  2. Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
  3. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)
  4. Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (United States)
  5. Swiss Federal Inst. of Techonology, Zurich (Switzerland)
  6. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  7. Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (United States)
  8. Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States)
  9. Univ. of Notre Dame, IN (United States)
  10. Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics, Hannover (Germany)
  11. Univ. Politecnica de Madrid (Spain)
  12. Aramco Services Company, Cambridge, MA (United States)
  13. Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States)
  14. Heriot-Watt Univ., Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
  15. Norwegian Inst. of Science and Technology, Trondheim (Norway)
  16. Weizmann Inst. of Science, Rehovot (Israel)
  17. Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem (Israel); Coventry Univ. (United Kingdom)
  18. Wuhan Univ. (China)
  19. Univ. Grenoble Alpes (France)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1530799
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-19-21742
Journal ID: ISSN 0027-8424
Grant/Contract Number:  
89233218CNA000001
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America; Journal ID: ISSN 0027-8424
Publisher:
National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

Citation Formats

Zhao, Benzhong, MacMinn, Christopher, Primkulov, Bauyrzhan, Chen, Yu, Valocchi, Albert J., Zhao, Jianlin, Kang, Qinjun, Bruning, Kelsey, McClure, James, Miller, Cass, Fakhari, Abbas, Bolster, Diogo, Hiller, Thomas, Brinkmann, Martin, Cueto-Felgueroso, Luis, Cogswell, Daniel, Verma, Rahul, Prodanovic, Masa, Maes, Julien, Geiger, Sebastian, Vassvik, Morten, Hansen, Alex, Segre, Enrico, Holtzman, Ran, Yang, Zhibing, Yuan, Chao, Chareyre, Bruno, and Juanes, Ruben. Comprehensive comparison of pore-scale models for multiphase flow in porous media. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1073/pnas.1901619116.
Zhao, Benzhong, MacMinn, Christopher, Primkulov, Bauyrzhan, Chen, Yu, Valocchi, Albert J., Zhao, Jianlin, Kang, Qinjun, Bruning, Kelsey, McClure, James, Miller, Cass, Fakhari, Abbas, Bolster, Diogo, Hiller, Thomas, Brinkmann, Martin, Cueto-Felgueroso, Luis, Cogswell, Daniel, Verma, Rahul, Prodanovic, Masa, Maes, Julien, Geiger, Sebastian, Vassvik, Morten, Hansen, Alex, Segre, Enrico, Holtzman, Ran, Yang, Zhibing, Yuan, Chao, Chareyre, Bruno, & Juanes, Ruben. Comprehensive comparison of pore-scale models for multiphase flow in porous media. United States. doi:10.1073/pnas.1901619116.
Zhao, Benzhong, MacMinn, Christopher, Primkulov, Bauyrzhan, Chen, Yu, Valocchi, Albert J., Zhao, Jianlin, Kang, Qinjun, Bruning, Kelsey, McClure, James, Miller, Cass, Fakhari, Abbas, Bolster, Diogo, Hiller, Thomas, Brinkmann, Martin, Cueto-Felgueroso, Luis, Cogswell, Daniel, Verma, Rahul, Prodanovic, Masa, Maes, Julien, Geiger, Sebastian, Vassvik, Morten, Hansen, Alex, Segre, Enrico, Holtzman, Ran, Yang, Zhibing, Yuan, Chao, Chareyre, Bruno, and Juanes, Ruben. Fri . "Comprehensive comparison of pore-scale models for multiphase flow in porous media". United States. doi:10.1073/pnas.1901619116.
@article{osti_1530799,
title = {Comprehensive comparison of pore-scale models for multiphase flow in porous media},
author = {Zhao, Benzhong and MacMinn, Christopher and Primkulov, Bauyrzhan and Chen, Yu and Valocchi, Albert J. and Zhao, Jianlin and Kang, Qinjun and Bruning, Kelsey and McClure, James and Miller, Cass and Fakhari, Abbas and Bolster, Diogo and Hiller, Thomas and Brinkmann, Martin and Cueto-Felgueroso, Luis and Cogswell, Daniel and Verma, Rahul and Prodanovic, Masa and Maes, Julien and Geiger, Sebastian and Vassvik, Morten and Hansen, Alex and Segre, Enrico and Holtzman, Ran and Yang, Zhibing and Yuan, Chao and Chareyre, Bruno and Juanes, Ruben},
abstractNote = {Multiphase flows in porous media are important in many natural and industrial processes. Pore-scale models for multiphase flows have seen rapid development in recent years and are becoming increasingly useful as predictive tools in both academic and industrial applications. However, quantitative comparisons between different pore-scale models, and between these models and experimental data, are lacking. Here, we perform an objective comparison of a variety of state-of-the-art pore-scale models, including lattice Boltzmann, stochastic rotation dynamics, volume-of-fluid, level-set, phase-field, and pore-network models. As the basis for this comparison, we use a dataset from recent microfluidic experiments with precisely controlled pore geometry and wettability conditions, which offers an unprecedented benchmarking opportunity. We compare the results of the 14 participating teams both qualitatively and quantitatively using several standard metrics, such as fractal dimension, finger width, and displacement efficiency. We find that no single method excels across all conditions and that thin films and corner flow present substantial modeling and computational challenges.},
doi = {10.1073/pnas.1901619116},
journal = {Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {6}
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