We present a network flow model to compute transport, through a pore network, of a compositional fluid consisting of water with a dissolved hydrocarbon gas. The model captures single-phase flow (below local bubble point conditions) as well as the genesis and migration of the gas phase when bubble point conditions are achieved locally. Constant temperature computational tests were run on simulated 2D and 3D micro-networks near bubble point pressure conditions. In the 2D simulations which employed a homogeneous network, negligible capillary pressure, and linear relative permeability relations, the observed concentration of CO2 dissolved in the liquid phase throughout the medium was linearly related to the liquid pressure. In the case of no gravity, the saturation of the gas phase throughout the medium was also linearly related
to the liquid pressure; under gravity, the relationship became nonlinear in regions where buoyancy forces were significant. The 3Dheterogeneous network model had non-negligible capillary pressure and nonlinear relative permeability functions. While 100 % of the CO2 entered the 3D network dissolved in the liquid phase, 25 % of the void space was occupied by gas phase and 47 % of the CO2 exiting the outlet face did so via the gaseous phase after 500 s of simulation time.
This paper presents a 2×2 dynamical system to study the cyclic appearance and disappearance of the gas phase in a two-component (CO2, H2O), two phase (gas, liquid) flow in a single pore. Depending on injection rate, linearization of the dynamical system around equilibrium shows that the gas phase can exhibit two behaviors, either cyclically vanishing and appearing, or approaching a steady-state volume value. Numerical simulations were also run on the fully non-linear dynamical system to verify the results of the linearized model.