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中南大学学报(英文版)

Journal of Central South University

Vol. 23    No. 12    December 2016

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Investigation of Barree-Conway non-Darcy flow effects on coalbed methane production
YANG Lei(杨蕾)1, 2, RUI Hong-xing(芮洪兴)2, ZHAO Qing-li(赵庆利)3

1. College of Science, China University of Petroleum, Qingdao 266580, China;
2. School of Mathematics, Shandong University, Ji’nan 250100, China;
3. School of Science, Shandong Jianzhu University, Ji’nan 250101, China

Abstract:Coalbed gas non-Darcy flow has been observed in high permeable fracture systems, and some mathematical and numerical models have been proposed to study the effects of non-Darcy flow using Forchheimer non-Darcy model. However, experimental results show that the assumption of a constant Forchheimer factor may cause some limitations in using Forchheimer model to describe non-Darcy flow in porous media. In order to investigate the effects of non-Darcy flow on coalbed methane production, this work presents a more general coalbed gas non-Darcy flow model according to Barree-Conway equation, which could describe the entire range of relationships between flow velocity and pressure gradient from low to high flow velocity. An expanded mixed finite element method is introduced to solve the coalbed gas non-Darcy flow model, in which the gas pressure and velocity can be approximated simultaneously. Error estimate results indicate that pressure and velocity could achieve first-order convergence rate. Non-Darcy simulation results indicate that the non-Darcy effect is significant in the zone near the wellbore, and with the distance from the wellbore increasing, the non-Darcy effect becomes weak gradually. From simulation results, we have also found that the non-Darcy effect is more significant at a lower bottom-hole pressure, and the gas production from non-Darcy flow is lower than the production from Darcy flow under the same permeable condition.

 

Key words: non-Darcy flow; Barree-Conway model; coalbed methane production; error estimate; numerical simulation

中南大学学报(自然科学版)
  ISSN 1672-7207
CN 43-1426/N
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中南大学学报(英文版)
  ISSN 2095-2899
CN 43-1516/TB
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