Evolution of poroviscoelastic properties of silica-rich rock after CO2injection

Kiseok Kim, Roman Y. Makhnenko

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Injection of CO2 into the subsurface requires consideration of the poromechanical behavior of reservoir rock saturated with aqueous fluid. The material response is usually assumed to be elastic, to avoid consideration of induced seismicity, or viscoelastic, if long-term deformations are needed to be taken into the account. Both elastic and viscous behavior may be influenced by the chemical reactions that are caused by the acidic mixture formed as high-pressure CO2 enters the pore space saturated with aqueous fluid. In this study, we conduct laboratory experiments on a fluid-saturated porous rock - Berea sandstone, and evaluate its poromechanical properties. Subsequently, the specimens are treated with liquid CO2 for 21 days and the corresponding variations in their properties are determined. The constitutive model considering the elastic time-dependent behavior of porous rock is validated by comparing the measured and predicted specimen deformation. Presented data indicate that the effect of CO2 injection on the long-term response is more significant compared to the short-term response. It is suggested for the constitutive models that predict long-term reservoir behavior during CO2 storage to include not only the poroelastic response and its change due to treatment, but also the time-dependent deformation and its evolution caused by the changes in chemistry of the pore fluid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number08007
JournalE3S Web of Conferences
StatePublished - Nov 18 2020
Event2nd International Conference on Energy Geotechnics, ICEGT 2020 - La Jolla, United States
Duration: Sep 20 2020Sep 23 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Energy(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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