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An Experimental Study of Controlled Gas-Phase Combustion in Porous Media for Enhanced Recovery of Oil and Gas

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Javier E. Sanmiguel, S. A. (Raj) Mehta, R. Gordon Moore

University of Calgary, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, 2500 University Drive N. W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada

J. Energy Resour. Technol 125(1), 64-71 (Mar 14, 2003) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1510522 History: Received March 01, 2001; Revised March 01, 2002; Online March 14, 2003
Copyright © 2003 by ASME
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Diagram of the main tube. Each of the zones was instrumented with type K and type R thermocouples, and a water cooling coil. The ignition plenum, and the condenser zone were equally instrumented as each of the zones in the main tube.
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Schematic diagram of the test apparatus for gas-phase combustion in porous media
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Temperature histories for centerline thermocouples at 88.5 kPa operating pressure, 5.4 percent natural gas (by volume), 1.976 m3(ST)/(m2 s) superficial mixture flux
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Temperature profiles at different reference times at 88.5 kPa operating pressure, 5.4 percent natural gas (by volume), 1.976 m3(ST)/(m2 s)
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Velocity of the combustion front as a function of superficial inlet gas mixture flux at 88.5 kPa operating pressure. Natural gas concentrations are on a volume basis.
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Velocity of the combustion front as a function of actual interstitial velocity in the porous media of inlet gases at 88.5 kPa operating pressure. Natural gas concentrations are on a volume basis.
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Temperature histories for centerline thermocouples at 433.0 kPa operating pressure. Concentration of natural gas (by volume) was 5.4 percent. 1.976 m3(ST)/(m2 s) superficial flux of inlet mixture.
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Temperature profiles at different reference times at 433.0 kPa operating pressure, 5.4 percent of natural gas (by volume), 1.976 m3(ST)/(m2 s)
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Velocity of the combustion front as a function of superficial flux of natural gas and air mixture at 88.5 kPa and 433.0 kPa operating pressures. Natural gas concentration of 5.4 percent (by volume).
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Velocity of the combusion front as a function of actual interstitial velocity in the porous media of inlet gases at 88.5 kPa operating pressures. The natural gas concentration by volume was 5.4 percent.

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