New insights from velocity field measurements in multiphase flow of water and liquid CO2 in 2D porous micromodels for

Monday, 15 December 2014: 11:35 AM
Farzan Kazemifar1,2, Gianluca Blois1, Dimitrios C Kyritsis1,3 and Kenneth T Christensen4, (1)University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL, United States, (2)International Institute for Carbon Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER), Fukuoka, Japan, (3)Khalifa University of Science Technology & Research, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, (4)University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, United States
We study the multiphase flow of water and liquid/supercritical CO2 in 2D porous micromodels, with the goal of developing a more complete understanding of pore-scale flow dynamics for the scenario of geological sequestration of carbon dioxide. Fluorescent microscopy and the microscopic particle image velocimetry (micro-PIV) technique are employed to simultaneously visualize both phases and obtain the velocity field in the aqueous phase. This technique provides a powerful tool for studying such flow systems and the results give valuable insight into flow processes at the pore scale. The fluid-fluid interface curvature from the images can be used to estimate the local capillary pressure. The velocity measurements illustrate active and passive flow pathways and circulation regions near the fluid-fluid interfaces induced by shear. Thin water films observed on the solid surfaces confirm the hydrophilic nature of the micromodels. The velocity of the said films is measured by particle tracking.