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Type: Journal article
Title: Exact upscaling for transport of size-distributed colloids
Author: Bedrikovetsky, P.
Osipov, Y.
Kuzmina, L.
Malgaresi, G.
Citation: Water Resources Research, 2019; 55(2):1011-1039
Publisher: American Geophysical Union
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 0043-1397
1944-7973
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P. Bedrikovetsky, Y. Osipov, L. Kuzmina, and G. Malgaresi
Abstract: The article investigates one‐dimensional (1‐D) suspension‐colloidal transport of size‐distributed particles with particle attachment. A population balance approach is presented for computing the particle transport and capture by porous media. The occupied area of each attached particle is particle size‐dependent. The main model assumption is the retention rate dependency of the overall vacancy concentration for all particle sizes. For the first time, we derive an exact averaging (upscaling) procedure resulting in a closed system of large‐scale equations for average concentrations of suspended and retained particles and of occupied rock surface area. The resulting large‐scale 3 × 3 system significantly differs from the traditional 2 × 2 deep bed filtration model. However, the traditional model becomes a particular case that corresponds to an equal occupied area for all particles. The averaging yields the appearance of two empirical suspension and site occupation functions, which govern the kinetics of particle retention and site occupation, respectively. One‐dimensional flow problems for the averaged equations are essentially nonlinear. However, they allow for exact solutions. We derive novel exact solutions for three 1‐D problems: continuous injection of particulate colloidal suspension, injection of colloidal suspension bank with particle‐free chase drive, and fines migration induced by high‐rate flows. The analytical model for continuous injection closely matches three series of laboratory tests on nanofluid transport.
Rights: ©2019. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.
RMID: 0030110009
DOI: 10.1029/2018WR024261
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