Estimation and Analysis of Carbon Dioxide Friction Loss in Wellbore During Liquid/Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Fracturing
- Xiaojiang Li (China University of Petroleum, Beijing, and Sinopec Research Institute of Petroleum Engineering) | Gensheng Li (China University of Petroleum, Beijing) | Kamy Sepehrnoori (University of Texas at Austin) | Wei Yu (Texas A&M University) | Haizhu Wang (China University of Petroleum, Beijing) | Qingling Liu (China University of Petroleum, Beijing) | Hongyuan Zhang (China University of Petroleum, Beijing) | Zhiming Chen (China University of Petroleum, Beijing)
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- SPE Production & Operations
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- February 2019
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- 2019.Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Darcy friction factor, CO2 fracturing, Pressure and temperature, Friction loss, Empirical correlation
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The push to extend fracturing to arid regions is drawing attention to water-free techniques, such as liquid/supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) fracturing. It is important to understand CO2 flow behavior and thus to estimate the friction loss accurately in CO2 fracturing, but no focus on CO2 friction loss in large-scale tubulars has been made until now. Because of the difficulty in conducting field-scale experiments, we develop a computational-fluid-dynamics (CFD) model to simulate CO2 flow in circular pipes in this paper. The realizable k-e turbulence model is used to simulate the large-Reynolds-number fully turbulent flow. An accurate equation of state (EOS) and transport models of CO2 are used to account for CO2-properties variations with pressure and temperature. The roughness of the pipe wall also is considered. Our model is verified by comparing the simulation results with the experimental data of liquid CO2 and correlations developed for water-based fluid. It is confirmed that the friction loss of CO2 follows the phenomenological Darcy-Weisbach equation, regardless of the sensitivity of CO2 properties to pressure and temperature. The commonly used correlations also can give good predictions of the Darcy friction factor of CO2 within an acceptable tolerance of 4.5%, where the pressure range is 8 to 80 MPa, the temperature range is 250 to 400 K, the tubular-diameter range is 25.4 to 222.4 mm, and the Reynolds-number range is 105–108. Of all correlations used in this paper, the ones proposed by Colebrook and White (1937), Swamee and Jain (1976), Churchill (1977), and Haaland (1983) are recommended for field use. Finally, we investigate the influence of flowing pressure and temperature on Reynolds number, Darcy friction factor, and friction loss of CO2, and compare the difference between friction loss of water and of CO2 at different pressure, temperature, and flow-rate conditions.
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