PNG 501: FLUID FLOW IN POROUS MEDIA

FALL 2015

HOMEWORK 01
Submitted by Manik Singh

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A brief on Summary and Procedure before the comments
Box
Confining Box Edge Box Edge
REV Edge/Bea Porosity
Pressure Length Length
d Dia
psia voxels mm mm3 fraction
25 215 6.192 237.41 7.94 0.4069
200 126 3.6288 47.78 4.65 0.2570

Table 1 In REV with change in different confining pressures

The absolute value of REV is though subjective to the interpretation of the data by the investigator.
In this study REV is considered to be the smallest volume at which (and after which) 95% of all
observed data points would have a maximum deviation of 0.05.

To arrive at the value of REV the following steps were taken:

1. Numerous data points were generated with varying the size of the sample volume and at
each measurement the value for porosity was calculated.
2. Plot 1. of varying sample size and porosity was generated for each confining pressure
3. To use various statistical methods it is necessary to have values following a normal
distribution. This was checked for each confining pressure at the block length of 50 voxels.
The results (Plot 2) give satisfactory match to a normal distribution.
4. REV is considered to be the smallest volume at which (and after which) 95% of all observed
data points would have a maximum deviation of 0.05.

.Figure 1: Distribution of Porosity values with changing box dimensions Figure 2: Distribution of porosity values at two confining pressures for a single box volume Figure 3: Plot showing where the test for REV is true (dark blue).

Confining Torrealba et.4069 0.78 0. Intuitively.  Though to assess the relation between bead size and REV more experiments with similar confining pressures would be needed at different bead sizes. The confining pressure has a drastic effect on REV.Comments on: Q1. Q3. More compact structures would follow a less random arrangement and hence lower REV. Or REV of 237mm3 and 48 mm3 at 25 psi and 200 psi confining pressures results in having 119 and 24 beads in an REV for 25 psi and 200 psi respectively (With a bead diameter of 0. the sand grains would have lesser freedom at higher confining pressure as structure and arrangement of the sand pack would be more rigid under high pressures. if any.78mm) This observation can suggest that:  Size of REV is only dependent upon pressure for a specific bead size.34 .2570 0.41 200 47. al. Comparison of porosity measurements via REV analysis (your assignment) versus those reported by Torrealba et. REV Porosity Pressure Reported Porosity psia mm3 fraction fraction (approx.5 times larger than the diameter of the cube.41 0. A quick check for porosity values suggests satisfactory match at the confining pressure of 25 psi. The effect of confining pressure on REV. Though there is considerable mismatch at 200 psi confining pressure. Approximate REV size in mm3 and relative to grain (bead) size. Edge of the cube which makes up REV is 8 to 4.) 25 237. Q2. al (calculated by slice). At 25 psi REV is 237 mm3 which reduces to 48mm3 for 200 psi.