Simulation tool for the analysis of in-situ combustion experiments that considers complex kinetic schemes and detailed mass transfer- theoretical analysis of the gas phase CO oxidation reaction

Keywords: In situ combustion, Reactive porous media, Enhanced oil recovery, Heavy oil, Multiphase flow, Simulation Tool


A simulation tool was designed for analyzing various experimental setups that include the ability to model detailed chemical reaction schemes for in-situ combustion (ISC) analysis.,. The simulation tool was illustrated with a theoretical example to the extent of CO oxidation in a gaseous phase takes place during ISC. The models in the simulation tool are based on fundamental conservation laws, physical correlations for porous media properties, and property databases available in literature. Emphasis is made on the analysis of chemical reactions in the gas phase, a characteristic that may be useful when temperatures are above 700°C and oxygen, unburned hydrocarbons, and CO coexist. The three modules of the simulation tool: (i) Kinetic cell, (ii) One-dimensional reactor, and (iii) Combustion tube, can be used to represent in detail the processes taking place in the typical laboratory-scale equipment used to characterize ISC. Tools for the analysis of transport phenomena and multiphase reactions, present in all three models, can support the process of finding chemical kinetic parameters for an easier calculation of device-independent kinetic constants. Four applications have the simulator scope: (i) Analysis of reactions in the gas phase, (ii) Axial gradients in a kinetic cell, (iii) Pressure build-up in a combustion tube, and (iv) Ignition in a combustion tube. These examples highlight the importance that homogeneous reactions may have in these systems and the existence, under certain conditions, of concentration gradients that are normally neglected, and can affect the interpretation of ISC experiments.


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Hincapié Álvarez, J. F., López Gómez, S. ., & Molina, A. (2022). Simulation tool for the analysis of in-situ combustion experiments that considers complex kinetic schemes and detailed mass transfer- theoretical analysis of the gas phase CO oxidation reaction. CT&F - Ciencia, Tecnología Y Futuro, 12(1), 95–106.


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