Energy geotechnology: Implications of mixed fluid conditions

J. Carlos Santamarina, Jaewon Jang

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Abstract

Multi phase fluids are common in energy-related geotechnical problems, including gaswater, gas-oil, ice-water, hydrate-water, and oil-water fluid conditions. The generalization of classical unsaturated soil mechanics concepts to energy geotechnology requires physical understanding of surface tension, contact angle, capillary pressure, solubility and nucleation. Eventually, these pore-level processes affect the granular skeleton. Together, pore and particle-scale interactions upscale through the sediment structure to affect its macroscale response. Possible emergent phenomena include fluid percolation, residual saturation and recovery efficiency; fluid driven fractures, lenses, fingering and pipe formation; bubble migration and bottom blow up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUnsaturated Soils - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils
Pages33-50
Number of pages18
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Event5th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Sep 6 2010Sep 8 2010

Publication series

NameUnsaturated Soils - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils
Volume1

Other

Other5th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period9/6/109/8/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science

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    Santamarina, J. C., & Jang, J. (2011). Energy geotechnology: Implications of mixed fluid conditions. In Unsaturated Soils - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils (pp. 33-50). (Unsaturated Soils - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils; Vol. 1).