Post treatment and results analysis

1. Evolution of flow rate and oil recovery

In the very beginning before the dimensionless time reaches 0.3, the outlet oil flow rate equals with the inlet flow flow, because of mass conservation and that water has not reached the outlet. Afterwards, water reaches the outlet, the outlet oil flow rate starts to slow down, and the gradient for the oil recovery rate starts to slow down. 

2. Parameters sensitivity

A. Inlet Re


Re=20                                                                                Re=50

To evaluate the effects of Reynolds number on the oil recovery, all other parameters are set the same value except that the Re number are different at the inlet. For a high Re, water reaches the outlet earlier, and the value of oil recovery is higher. This could lead by the recirculation caused by a higher Re. 

B. mesh density (0.00125m/cell & 0.005m/cell)


Coarse mesh (Final state)                                                           Refine mesh(Final state)

From the figures of oil recovery ratio and flow rate, for the simulation with the refine mesh, the water reaches the outlet later, because the water diffuses less with the refine mesh. Therefore, we have a lower oil recovery ratio. And the interface in clearer with the refine mesh.  However, it take about 14 times to finish the calculation with the refine mesh. Thus, both calculation duration and the precise requirements should be taken into consideration when choosing the mesh density.




3.  Comparison for fluent and jadim


To compare the the differences of the softwares jadim and fluent, all parameters are set as the same value. From the figures, by using software fluent, water reaches the outlet with a shorter time. One possible reason is that there is more diffusion with fluent. Another reason for the difference could be the method used to calculate the flow rate at the outlet. In jadim, the oil outlet oil outlet velocity  is calculated by the average of the multiplication of the velocity and oil ratio in every cell by every time step. However, for fluent, this velocity is calculated by the average velocity and average oil ratio by every time step.