An Adaptive Hybrid Vertical Equilibrium/Full-Dimensional Model for Compositional Multiphase Flow
AffiliationDepartment of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Arizona
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CitationBecker, B., Guo, B., Buntic, I., Flemisch, B., & Helmig, R. (2022). An Adaptive Hybrid Vertical Equilibrium/Full-Dimensional Model for Compositional Multiphase Flow. Water Resources Research.
JournalWater Resources Research
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AbstractEfficient compositional models are required to simulate underground gas storage in porous formations where, for example, gas quality (such as purity) and loss of gas due to dissolution are of interest. We first extend the concept of vertical equilibrium (VE) to compositional flow, and derive a compositional VE model by vertical integration. Second, we present a hybrid model that couples the efficient compositional VE model to a compositional full-dimensional model. Subdomains, where the compositional VE model is valid, are identified during simulation based on a VE criterion that compares the vertical profiles of relative permeability at equilibrium to the ones simulated by the full-dimensional model. We demonstrate the applicability of the hybrid model by simulating hydrogen storage in a radially symmetric, heterogeneous porous aquifer. The hybrid model shows excellent adaptivity over space and time for different permeability values in the heterogeneous region, and compares well to the full-dimensional model while being computationally efficient, resulting in a runtime of roughly one-third of the full-dimensional model. Based on the results, we assume that for larger simulation scales, the efficiency of this new model will increase even more. © 2022 The Authors.
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