A Lambert W function solution for estimating sustainable injection rates for storage of CO2 in brine aquifers.
It is often of interest to estimate the maximum possible CO2 injection rate for a given maximum pressure buildup and injection duration scenario. Analytical solutions exist to estimate pressure buildup due to constant rate injection for a specified duration. In this article, it is shown that such solutions can be rearranged for injection rate by virtue of the Lambert W function. It is also shown that the Lambert W function argument is sufficiently small such that a simple asymptotic approximation of the Lambert W function is sufficient in this context.