Competitive adsorption phenomenon in shale gas displacement processes

Jihong Shi, Liang Gong, Shuyu Sun, Zhaoqin Huang, Bin Ding, Jun Yao

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Displacement of methane (CH4) by injection gas is regarded as an effective way to exploit shale gas and sequestrate carbon dioxide (CO2) simultaneously. To remarkably enhance the rupture and extension of fractures, an original and comprehensive simplification for the real shale composition model is established to study the shale gas displacement by gas injection. In the present model, besides the consideration in the existence of organic matter in shale, the choice of silica as inorganic minerals is firstly taken into account considering its brittleness characteristic to meet the demand of fracture stretch. Based on the model, the displacement methane process and competitive adsorption behaviors were studied by using the grand canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) and molecular dynamics (MD) respectively. As the results, the strong interaction between carbon dioxide and shale results in the higher efficiency of displacing methane. We also find that the optimum operating conditions for CO2 and N2 displacing methane are at the pore width of 30 Å, the result being slightly different from the previous studies indicating that the displacement efficiency of small pores is higher. Moreover, the displacement efficiency by using different gases can all reach higher than 50% when the injection pressure is greater than 30 MPa. It is expected that this work can reveal the mechanisms of competitive adsorption between shale gas and gases, and provide a guidance for displacement exploitation of shale gas by gas injection and sequestration of carbon dioxide.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25326-25335
Number of pages10
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number44
StatePublished - 2019


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