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Abstract

Cheng et al. (2000) present a simple method to fit foam simulation parameters without oil to data for pressure gradient as a function of superficial velocities of gas and liquid. The key in this process is the identification of "high-quality" (high gas fraction) and "low-quality" foam regimes. The method is essentially the same for the foam model parameters in foam models in STARS, UTCHEM or ECLIPSE. Often, however, available data are more limited - pressure gradient for one scan of foam quality at fixed total superficial velocity. We show how to extend this method to the more limited data set. The transition in regimes occurs at the foam quality with the maximum pressure gradient. We illustrate the method by fitting parameters to several published data sets. Our approach is simple and direct. The model fit would be appropriate for an EOR process involving foam injection at finite water fraction, but not a SAG foam process involving large slugs of gas and liquid. For the latter process, model parameters should be fit to data relevant to that process, i.e. at extremely high foam quality. The approach assumes an abrupt transition between high- and low-quality foam regimes, i.e. a large value of epdry in the STARS foam model. If a smaller value is chosen for faster execution of the simulator this approach could underestimate pressure gradient near its maximum value at the transition between regimes. In that case the parameter values quickly obtained by this method could provide the initial guess for a computer-based least-squares fit of all parameters, including a smaller value of epdry, and a check on the parameters so obtained.

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2013-04-16
2021-09-28
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