Mineral Dissolution and Wormholing from a Pore-Scale Perspective

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 12:00pm
3110 Etcheverry Hall
Dr. Cyprien Soulaine

Research Scientist

Energy Resources Department

Stanford University


A micro-continuum approach is proposed to simulate the dissolution of solid minerals at the pore-scale under single-phase-flow conditions. The approach employ a the Darcy-Brinkman-Stokes formulation and locally averaged conservation laws combined with immersed boundary conditions for the chemical reaction at the solid surface. The methodology compares well with the Arbitrary-Lagrangian-Eulerian technique. The simulation framework is validated using an experimental microfluidic device to image the dissolution of a single calcite crystal. The evolution of the calcite crystal during the acidizing process is analyzed and related to flow conditions, i.e., Péclet and Damköhler numbers. Macroscopic laws for the dissolution rate are proposed by upscaling the pore-scale simulations. Finally, the emergence of wormholes during the injection of acid in a two-dimensional domain of calcite grains is discussed based on pore-scale simulations.


Hosted by: Prof. Philip Marcus, 6121 Etcheverry Hall, (510) 642-5942, pmarcus@me.berkeley.edu & Prof. Reza Alam, 6111 Etcheverry Hall, (510) 643-2591, reza.alam@berkeley.edu