Articles | Volume 7, issue 4
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-7-1109-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/se-7-1109-2016
Method article
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19 Jul 2016
Method article |  | 19 Jul 2016

Simulating stress-dependent fluid flow in a fractured core sample using real-time X-ray CT data

Tobias Kling, Da Huo, Jens-Oliver Schwarz, Frieder Enzmann, Sally Benson, and Philipp Blum

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A method is introduced to implement medical CT data of a fractured sandstone under varying confining pressures into fluid flow simulations to reproduce experimental permeabilities. The simulation results reproduce plausible fracture flow features (e.g. flow channeling, fracture closing/opening) and approximate the actual permeabilities, which are affected by the CT resolution and compositional matrix heterogeneities. Additionally, some recommendations are presented concerning future studies.