Investigation of methane adsorption and its effect on gas transport in shale matrix through microscale and mesoscale simulations

ZZ Li and T Min and QJ Kang and YL He and WQ Tao, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEAT AND MASS TRANSFER, 98, 675-686 (2016).

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2016.03.039

Methane adsorption and its effect on fluid flow in shale matrix are investigated through multi-scale simulation scheme by using molecular dynamics (MD) and lattice Boltzmann (LB) methods. Equilibrium MD simulations are conducted to study methane adsorption on the organic and inorganic walls of nano pores in shale matrix with different pore sizes and pressures. Density and pressure distributions within the adsorbed layer and the free gas region are discussed. The illumination of the MD results on larger scale LB simulations is presented. Pressure-dependent thickness of adsorbed layer should be adopted and the transport of adsorbed layer should be properly considered in LB simulations. LB simulations, which are based on a generalized Navier Stokes equation for flow through low-permeability porous media with slippage, are conducted by taking into consideration the effects of adsorbed layer. It is found that competitive effects of slippage and adsorbed layer exist on the permeability of shale matrix, leading to different changing trends of the apparent permeability. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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