July 16, 2016
Journal Article

Simulation of Subsurface Multiphase Contaminant Extraction using a Bioslurping Well Model


Subsurface simulation of multiphase extraction from wells is notoriously difficult. Explicit representation of well geometry requires small grid resolution, potentially leading to large computational demands. To reduce the problem dimensionality, multiphase extraction is mostly modeled using vertically-averaged approaches. In this paper, a multiphase well model approach is presented as an alternative to simplify the application. The well model, a multiphase extension of the classic Peaceman model, has been implemented in the STOMP simulator. The numerical solution approach accounts for local conditions and gradients in the exchange of fluids between the well and the aquifer. Advantages of this well model implementation include the option to simulate the effects of well characteristics and operation. Simulations were conducted investigating the effects of extraction location, applied vacuum pressure, and a number of hydraulic properties. The obtained results were all consistent and logical. A major outcome of the test simulations is that, in contrast with common recommendations to extract from either the gas-NAPL or the NAPL-aqueous phase interface, the optimum extraction location should be in between these two levels. The new model implementation was also used to simulate extraction at a field site in Brazil. The simulation shows a good match with the field data, suggesting that the new STOMP well module may correctly represent oil removal. The field simulations depend on the quality of the site conceptual model, including the porous media and contaminant properties and the boundary and extraction conditions adopted. The new module may potentially be used to design field applications and analyze extraction data.

Revised: December 13, 2020 | Published: July 16, 2016


Matos De Souza M., M. Oostrom, M.D. White, G. Cardoso Da Silva, and M.C. Barbosa. 2016. Simulation of Subsurface Multiphase Contaminant Extraction using a Bioslurping Well Model. Transport in Porous Media 114, no. 3:649-673. PNNL-SA-119320. doi:10.1007/s11242-016-0738-3