Numerical model for geothermal energy utilization from double pipe heat exchanger in abandoned oil wells

Zhongyue Lin, Kang Liu, Jing Liu, Dandan Geng, Kai Ren, Zhihong Zheng

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The number of abandonded wells are increasing in the late period of oilfield development. The utilization of these abandonded oil wells is promising and environment-friendly for geothermal development. In this study, a numerical model for geothermal heating is derived from a double pipe heat exchanger in abandoned oil wells. The main influencing factors of injection rate, injection time, and the types of filler in casing annulus on temperature profiles and outlet temperature have been considered in this model. The influences of injection rate on heat-mining rate are then discussed. Results show that the double pipe heat exchanger can gain higher temperature at the outlet when the casing annulus is filled by liquid other than dry cement under the given parameter combination. The outlet temperature decreases with the increase in injection rate and injection time. The temperature rapidly decreases in the first 40 days during the injection process. The balance between heat mining rate and outlet temperature is important for evaluating a double pipe heat exchanger in abandoned oil wells. This work may provide a useful tool for a field engineer to estimate the temperature of liquid in wellhead and evaluate the heat transfer efficiency for double pipe heat exchanger in abandoned oil wells.

Cited as: Lin, Z., Liu, K., Liu, J., Geng, D., Ren, K., Zheng, Z. Numerical model for geothermal energy utilization from double pipe heat exchanger in abandoned oil wells. Advances in Geo-Energy Research, 2021, 5(2): 212-221, doi: 10.46690/ager.2021.02.10


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Geothermal energy, heat transfer, casing annulus, numerical model

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