Simulation of foam transport in porous media

A. R. Kovscek*, T. W. Patzek, C. J. Radke

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Adoption of a mean-size foam-bubble conservation equation along with the traditional reservoir simulation equations allows mechanistic foam simulation. Since foam mobility depends heavily upon its texture, the bubble population balance is both useful and necessary as the role of foam texture must be incorporated into any model which seeks accurate prediction of flow properties. Our model employs capillary-pressure-dependent kinetic expressions for lamellae generation and coalescence and also a term for trapping of lamellae. Additionally, the effects of surfactant chemical transport are included. We find quantitative agreement between experimental and theoretical and theoretical saturation and pressure profiles in both the transient and steady states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition
PublisherPubl by Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1993 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. Part 1 (of 5) - Houston, TX, USA
Duration: Oct 3 1993Oct 6 1993


OtherProceedings of the 1993 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. Part 1 (of 5)
CityHouston, TX, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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