Velocity of viscous fingers in miscible displacement

by   F. Bakharev, et al.

The paper investigates the linear growth of the mixing zone during polymer slug injection into a water reservoir. The velocities of the slug front and of the boundaries of the mixing zone are analyzed as key parameters. Using two different numerical methods (finite volumes and finite elements), the impact of the slug size, reservoir dimensions, Peclet number, and viscosity curve shape on the corresponding velocities is examined. Notwithstanding the realization of the solution by two computational schemes, the simulation results coincide with sufficient accuracy. The numerically obtained velocities are compared with theoretical estimates within the transverse flow equilibrium approximation and Koval model. Based on the comparison pattern, recommendations are presented on the use of specific analytical methods for estimating the growth rate of the mixing zone depending on the characteristics of the polymer.



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