Experimental study of impact of dewatering induced coal fines on coal permeability

Bai, Tianhang, Chen, Zhongwei, Aminossadati, Saiied M. and Rufford, Thomas (2017). Experimental study of impact of dewatering induced coal fines on coal permeability. In: Matthieu Vandamme, Patrick Dangla, Jean-Michel Pereira and Siavash Ghabezloo, Poromechanics VI: Proceedings of the Sixth Biot Conference on Poromechanics. 6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics, Paris, France, (1135-1144). 9-13 July 2017. doi:10.1061/9780784480779.141

Author Bai, Tianhang
Chen, Zhongwei
Aminossadati, Saiied M.
Rufford, Thomas
Title of paper Experimental study of impact of dewatering induced coal fines on coal permeability
Conference name 6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics
Conference location Paris, France
Conference dates 9-13 July 2017
Proceedings title Poromechanics VI: Proceedings of the Sixth Biot Conference on Poromechanics
Journal name Poromechanics 2017 - Proceedings of the 6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics
Series Proceedings
Place of Publication Reston, VA, United States
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Publication Year 2017
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1061/9780784480779.141
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 9780784480779
Editor Matthieu Vandamme
Patrick Dangla
Jean-Michel Pereira
Siavash Ghabezloo
Start page 1135
End page 1144
Total pages 10
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Coal fines are small coal particles produced during coal seam gas (CSG) production and may plug fluid flow paths, resulting in significant reduction in CSG productivity. This study aims to employ laboratory experiments to examine coal permeability variation induced by coal fines generation and migration during the dewatering stage. One coal sample from Bowen Basin, Australia, was tested under different pressure differences. The evolution of coal permeability and the amount of produced coal fines were monitored during the experiments. The pressure difference was increased from the initial 0.8 MPa to 1.5 MPa through 7 steps to investigate its impact on the characteristics of coal fines and the corresponding permeability change, and to obtain the critical velocities for a range of particle sizes. Every 5 mL effluent was collected and analysed in terms of particle size distribution and volume. The results revealed that for this sample, the sizes of coal fines ranged from 1 μm to 14 μm. Initially the coal permeability dropped dramatically due to excessive coal fines generation, with 74.1% reduction for the case of 0.8 MPa pressure difference, followed by gradual decline with fluctuations. It was observed that the production of large coal fine particles was accompanied by significant permeability fluctuations. This was attributed to the counteraction between formation damage (cleats plugging and coal fines settlement) and coal fines removal from the samples (widened cleats). Although no clear correlation between particle size and pressure difference was observed, the critical particle size was positively related to the flow velocity. The velocity followed parabolic fashion against the pressure difference. For this sample, keeping the differential pressure between 1.1-1.3 MPa can reduce the permeability damage induced by coal fines. This study delivers fundamental understandings of coal fines generation and migration behaviours during the dewatering stage, which can provide useful guidelines to implement effective dewatering strategies to minimize production loss induced by coal fines.
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Created: Mon, 17 Jul 2017, 16:51:56 EST by Tianhang Bai on behalf of School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering