Remember me | Forgot password
For full content view: Log in Now!
Seismic stimulation aims to enhance oil production by sending seismic waves across a reservoir to liberate immobile patches of oil. For seismic amplitudes above a well-defined (analytically expressed) dimensionless criterion, the force perturbation associated with the waves can indeed liberate oil trapped on capillary barriers and get it flowing again under the background pressure gradient. Subsequent coalescence of the freed oil droplets acts to further enhance oil movement because longer bubbles more efficiently overcome capillary barriers than do shorter bubbles. Poroelasticity theory defines the effective force that a seismic wave adds to the background fluid-pressure gradient, while the lattice-Boltzmann model in two dimensions is used to perform the pore-scale numerical simulations. The dimensionless numbers (groups of material and force parameters) involved in seismic stimulation are carefully defined so that the numerical simulations can be applied to field-scale conditions. Using the analytical criteria defined by the authors,* there is a significant range of reservoir conditions over which seismic stimulation can be expected to enhance oil production.
This area of the site is restricted.
In order to gain access, please either Log
In, or subscribe to World Oil.
Two options are available to you for creating an account.
1. Get a Free Trial Subscription to World Oil Magazine and gain immediate access to select content on World Oil Online.
Start a Free Trial Subscription and gain immediate access to the complete current issue of World Oil Magazine. Plus, you’ll receive 3 upcoming issues of World Oil Magazine in print or digital format.* You also receive access to the Energy Events Calendar, Industry Statistics and WO Wire’s news and industry coverage.
2. Purchase a subscription to World Oil magazine and gain immediate
and complete access to World Oil Online. As a Total Access subscriber
you will have access to all areas of the site available to registered users and
free subscribers as well as having access to such premium content areas as:
Physical copies of this content may be available for purchase. Visit the Reprints & Back Issues section.
If you are already a paid subscriber and do not have access, please email CustomerService@worldoil.com.
World Oil's specialized upstream Engineering Data Tables featuring the Drill Bit Classifier, Tubing Tables and more. Get Total Access today.
Dana Point, CA - June 23-25
Qingdao - August 11-April 13
Montreal - August 11-15
All material subject to strictly enforced copyright laws.
© 2013 World Oil. © 2013 Gulf Publishing Company.