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Title: Investigation of Accessible Pore Structure Evolution under Pressurization and Adsorption for Coal and Shale Using Small-Angle Neutron Scattering

Abstract

Pore structure is an important parameter to quantify the reservoir rock adsorption capability and diffusivity, both of which are fundamental reservoir properties to evaluate the gas production and carbon sequestration potential for coalbed methane (CBM) and shale gas reservoirs. In this study, we applied small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to characterize the total and accessible pore structures for two coal and two shale samples. We carried out in situ SANS measurements to probe the accessible pore structure differences under argon, deuterated methane (CD4), and CO2 penetrations. The results show that the total porosity ranges between 0.25 and 5.8% for the four samples. Less than 50% of the total pores are accessible to CD4 for the two coals, while more than 75% of the pores were found to be accessible for the two shales. This result suggests that organic matter pores tend to be disconnected compared to mineral matter pores. Argon pressurization can induce pore contraction because of the mechanical compression of the solid skeleton in both the coal and shale samples. Hydrostatic compression has a higher effect on the nanopores of coal and shale with a higher accessible porosity. Both methane and CO2 injection can reduce the accessible nanopore volume duemore » to a combination of mechanical compression, sorption-induced matrix swelling, and adsorbed molecule occupation. CO2 has higher effects on sorption-induced matrix swelling and pore filling compared to methane for both the coal and shale samples. Gas densification and pore filling could occur at higher pressures and smaller pore sizes. In conclusion, the compression and adsorption could create nanopores in the San Juan coal and Marcellus shale drilled core but could have an opposite effect in the other samples, namely, the processes could damage the nanopores in the Hazleton coal and Marcellus shale outcrop.« less

Authors:
 [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [1];  [2]; ORCiD logo [2]
  1. The Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States)
  2. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
OSTI Identifier:
1492868
Report Number(s):
SAND-2019-0638J
Journal ID: ISSN 0887-0624; 671702
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Energy and Fuels
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 33; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 0887-0624
Publisher:
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT

Citation Formats

Liu, Shimin, Zhang, Rui, Karpyn, Zuleima, Yoon, Hongkyu, and Dewers, Thomas. Investigation of Accessible Pore Structure Evolution under Pressurization and Adsorption for Coal and Shale Using Small-Angle Neutron Scattering. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b03672.
Liu, Shimin, Zhang, Rui, Karpyn, Zuleima, Yoon, Hongkyu, & Dewers, Thomas. Investigation of Accessible Pore Structure Evolution under Pressurization and Adsorption for Coal and Shale Using Small-Angle Neutron Scattering. United States. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b03672
Liu, Shimin, Zhang, Rui, Karpyn, Zuleima, Yoon, Hongkyu, and Dewers, Thomas. 2019. "Investigation of Accessible Pore Structure Evolution under Pressurization and Adsorption for Coal and Shale Using Small-Angle Neutron Scattering". United States. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b03672. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1492868.
@article{osti_1492868,
title = {Investigation of Accessible Pore Structure Evolution under Pressurization and Adsorption for Coal and Shale Using Small-Angle Neutron Scattering},
author = {Liu, Shimin and Zhang, Rui and Karpyn, Zuleima and Yoon, Hongkyu and Dewers, Thomas},
abstractNote = {Pore structure is an important parameter to quantify the reservoir rock adsorption capability and diffusivity, both of which are fundamental reservoir properties to evaluate the gas production and carbon sequestration potential for coalbed methane (CBM) and shale gas reservoirs. In this study, we applied small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to characterize the total and accessible pore structures for two coal and two shale samples. We carried out in situ SANS measurements to probe the accessible pore structure differences under argon, deuterated methane (CD4), and CO2 penetrations. The results show that the total porosity ranges between 0.25 and 5.8% for the four samples. Less than 50% of the total pores are accessible to CD4 for the two coals, while more than 75% of the pores were found to be accessible for the two shales. This result suggests that organic matter pores tend to be disconnected compared to mineral matter pores. Argon pressurization can induce pore contraction because of the mechanical compression of the solid skeleton in both the coal and shale samples. Hydrostatic compression has a higher effect on the nanopores of coal and shale with a higher accessible porosity. Both methane and CO2 injection can reduce the accessible nanopore volume due to a combination of mechanical compression, sorption-induced matrix swelling, and adsorbed molecule occupation. CO2 has higher effects on sorption-induced matrix swelling and pore filling compared to methane for both the coal and shale samples. Gas densification and pore filling could occur at higher pressures and smaller pore sizes. In conclusion, the compression and adsorption could create nanopores in the San Juan coal and Marcellus shale drilled core but could have an opposite effect in the other samples, namely, the processes could damage the nanopores in the Hazleton coal and Marcellus shale outcrop.},
doi = {10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b03672},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/1492868}, journal = {Energy and Fuels},
issn = {0887-0624},
number = 2,
volume = 33,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {1}
}

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Figure 1 Figure 1: Representative scattering intensities (San Juan coal) (a) in vacuum and contrast-matched conditions; (b) argon injection; (c) CD4 injection and (d) CO2 injection.

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