Permeability prediction of organic shale with generalized lattice Boltzmann model considering surface diffusion effect
Gas flow in shale is associated with both organic matter (OM) and inorganic matter (IOM) which contain nanopores ranging in size from a few to hundreds of nanometers. In addition to the noncontinuum effect which leads to an apparent permeability of gas higher than the intrinsic permeability, the surface diffusion of adsorbed gas in organic pores also can influence the apparent permeability through its own transport mechanism. In this study, a generalized lattice Boltzmann model (GLBM) is employed for gas flow through the reconstructed shale matrix consisting of OM and IOM. The Expectation-Maximization (EM) algorithm is used to assign the pore size distribution to each component, and the dusty gas model (DGM) and generalized Maxwell-Stefan model (GMS) are adopted to calculate the apparent permeability accounting for multiple transport mechanisms including viscous flow, Knudsen diffusion and surface diffusion. Effects of pore radius and pressure on permeability of both IOM and OM as well as effects of Langmuir parameters on OM are investigated. Moreover, the effect of total organic content and distribution on the apparent permeability of the reconstructed shale matrix is also studied. It is found that the distribution of OM and IOM has a negligible influence on apparent permeability, whereas the total organic content and the surface diffusion play a significant role in gas transport in shale matrix.