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Insights into carbon dioxide sequestration into coal seams through coupled gas flow-adsorption-deformation modelling

Thomas, Hywel ORCID: and Chen, Min 2024. Insights into carbon dioxide sequestration into coal seams through coupled gas flow-adsorption-deformation modelling. Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering 16 (1) , pp. 26-40. 10.1016/j.jrmge.2023.11.004

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Injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) into coal seams may unlock substantial carbon sequestration potential. Since the coal acts like a carbon filter, it can preferentially absorb significant amounts of CO2. To explore this further, desorption of the adsorbed gas due to pressure drop is investigated in this paper, to achieve an improved understanding of the long-term fate of injected CO2 during post-injection period. This paper presents a dual porosity model coupling gas flow, adsorption and geomechanics for studying coupled processes and effectiveness of CO2 sequestration in coals. A new adsorption−desorption model derived based on thermodynamics is incorporated, particularly, the desorption hysteresis is considered. The reliability of the proposed adsorption-desorption isotherm is examined via validation tests. It is indicated that occurrence of desorption hysteresis is attributed to the adsorption-induced pore deformation. After injection ceases, the injected gas continues to propagate further from the injection well, while the pressure in the vicinity of the injection well experiences a significant drop. Although the adsorbed gas near the well also decreases, this decrease is less compared to that in pressure because of desorption hysteresis. The unceasing spread of CO2 and drops of pressure and adsorbed gas depend on the degree of desorption hysteresis and heterogeneity of coals, which should be considered when designing CO2 sequestration into coal seams.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1674-7755
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 January 2024
Date of Acceptance: 20 November 2023
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2024 10:45

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