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Title: X-Ray Micro-Tomography Applications Of Relevance To The Petroleum Industry

Abstract

X-ray micro-tomography is an accurate and non-invasive technique that measures the internal three dimensional structure and composition of materials. To enhance and add predictive power to the measured structure, various analysis techniques have been developed. Of direct relevance to the petroleum industry are calculating transport, mechanical and structural properties directly from the pore space morphology, for both granular and carbonate systems. From the image data, numerical predictions for permeability, elasticity, conductivity and capillary pressure are shown to be in excellent agreement with experimental measurements on the same core material. These results could greatly reduce the cost of sampling and analysis of core material for oil exploration and production.To further enhance this new numerical laboratory approach to the study of complex porous materials, a portable synchrotron source would allow for vast improvements in imaging capability. Such a source would allow for faster acquisition times, the potential for better volume resolution, the ability to measure mineralogy and the exciting prospect of dynamic imaging of three dimensional fluid flow within these granular and carbonate systems, all within the confines of a laboratory based system. Aspects of this proposition are discussed.

Authors:
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  1. Department of Applied Mathematics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200 (Australia)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21056941
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 902; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: 2. international symposium on portable synchrotron light sources and advanced applications, Shiga (Japan), 15-17 Jan 2007; Other Information: DOI: 10.1063/1.2723640; (c) 2007 American Institute of Physics; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; CAPILLARIES; CARBONATES; COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHY; ELASTICITY; FLUID FLOW; IMAGES; MINERALOGY; MORPHOLOGY; OILS; PERMEABILITY; PETROLEUM INDUSTRY; POROUS MATERIALS; SAMPLING; SYNCHROTRON RADIATION SOURCES; X RADIATION

Citation Formats

Knackstedt, Mark A., Arns, Christoph H., Sakellariou, Arthur, Senden, Tim J., Sheppard, Adrian P., and Sok, Rob M. X-Ray Micro-Tomography Applications Of Relevance To The Petroleum Industry. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1063/1.2723640.
Knackstedt, Mark A., Arns, Christoph H., Sakellariou, Arthur, Senden, Tim J., Sheppard, Adrian P., & Sok, Rob M. X-Ray Micro-Tomography Applications Of Relevance To The Petroleum Industry. United States. doi:10.1063/1.2723640.
Knackstedt, Mark A., Arns, Christoph H., Sakellariou, Arthur, Senden, Tim J., Sheppard, Adrian P., and Sok, Rob M. Fri . "X-Ray Micro-Tomography Applications Of Relevance To The Petroleum Industry". United States. doi:10.1063/1.2723640.
@article{osti_21056941,
title = {X-Ray Micro-Tomography Applications Of Relevance To The Petroleum Industry},
author = {Knackstedt, Mark A. and Arns, Christoph H. and Sakellariou, Arthur and Senden, Tim J. and Sheppard, Adrian P. and Sok, Rob M.},
abstractNote = {X-ray micro-tomography is an accurate and non-invasive technique that measures the internal three dimensional structure and composition of materials. To enhance and add predictive power to the measured structure, various analysis techniques have been developed. Of direct relevance to the petroleum industry are calculating transport, mechanical and structural properties directly from the pore space morphology, for both granular and carbonate systems. From the image data, numerical predictions for permeability, elasticity, conductivity and capillary pressure are shown to be in excellent agreement with experimental measurements on the same core material. These results could greatly reduce the cost of sampling and analysis of core material for oil exploration and production.To further enhance this new numerical laboratory approach to the study of complex porous materials, a portable synchrotron source would allow for vast improvements in imaging capability. Such a source would allow for faster acquisition times, the potential for better volume resolution, the ability to measure mineralogy and the exciting prospect of dynamic imaging of three dimensional fluid flow within these granular and carbonate systems, all within the confines of a laboratory based system. Aspects of this proposition are discussed.},
doi = {10.1063/1.2723640},
journal = {AIP Conference Proceedings},
number = 1,
volume = 902,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Mar 30 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
month = {Fri Mar 30 00:00:00 EDT 2007}
}