Abstract

A new analytical model for deep bed filtration of colloidal/suspension transport under size exclusion particle capture is developed and validated. The laboratory tests on suspension flow in engineered porous media, which simulate the injection of colloidal and particle suspensions in rocks, have been carried out. The model was successfully matched with the laboratory coreflood results, predicting particle breakthrough and stabilised concentration. Compared to the previous population balance model, the present one provides a better prediction of the normalised particle concentration versus jamming ratio. The sensitivity analysis shows that among the three parameters: the mean pore radius, the standard deviation and the inter-chamber distance, the first one has the largest effect on the outlet concentration.

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