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Title: A forward analysis on the applicability of tracer breakthrough profiles in revealing the pore structure of tight gas sandstone and carbonate rocks

Abstract

Here, we explore tracer breakthrough profiles (TBP) as a macroscopic property to infer the pore-space topology of tight gas sandstone and carbonate rocks at the core scale. The following features were modeled via three-dimensional multiscale networks: microporosity within dissolved grains and pore-filling clay, cementation in the absence and presence of microporosity (each classified into uniform, pore-preferred, and throat-preferred modes), layering, vug, and microcrack inclusion. A priori knowledge of the extent and location of each process was assumed to be known. With the exception of an equal importance of macropores and pore-filling micropores, TBPs show little sensitivity to the fraction of micropores present. In general, significant sensitivity of the TBPs was observed for uniform and throat-preferred cementation. Layering parallel to the fluid flow direction had a considerable impact on TBPs whereas layering perpendicular to flow did not. Microcrack orientations seemed of minor importance in affecting TBPs.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States). Dept. of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC), Washington D.C. (United States). Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security (CFSES)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1370718
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0001114
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Water Resources Research
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 51; Journal Issue: 6; Related Information: CFSES partners with University of Texas at Austin (lead); Sandia National Laboratory; Journal ID: ISSN 0043-1397
Publisher:
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
nuclear (including radiation effects); carbon sequestration; unconventional resources; carbonates; multiscale pore network models; tracer breakthrough profiles

Citation Formats

Mehmani, Ayaz, Mehmani, Yashar, Prodanović, Maša, and Balhoff, Matthew. A forward analysis on the applicability of tracer breakthrough profiles in revealing the pore structure of tight gas sandstone and carbonate rocks. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1002/2015WR016948.
Mehmani, Ayaz, Mehmani, Yashar, Prodanović, Maša, & Balhoff, Matthew. A forward analysis on the applicability of tracer breakthrough profiles in revealing the pore structure of tight gas sandstone and carbonate rocks. United States. doi:10.1002/2015WR016948.
Mehmani, Ayaz, Mehmani, Yashar, Prodanović, Maša, and Balhoff, Matthew. Sat . "A forward analysis on the applicability of tracer breakthrough profiles in revealing the pore structure of tight gas sandstone and carbonate rocks". United States. doi:10.1002/2015WR016948. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1370718.
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title = {A forward analysis on the applicability of tracer breakthrough profiles in revealing the pore structure of tight gas sandstone and carbonate rocks},
author = {Mehmani, Ayaz and Mehmani, Yashar and Prodanović, Maša and Balhoff, Matthew},
abstractNote = {Here, we explore tracer breakthrough profiles (TBP) as a macroscopic property to infer the pore-space topology of tight gas sandstone and carbonate rocks at the core scale. The following features were modeled via three-dimensional multiscale networks: microporosity within dissolved grains and pore-filling clay, cementation in the absence and presence of microporosity (each classified into uniform, pore-preferred, and throat-preferred modes), layering, vug, and microcrack inclusion. A priori knowledge of the extent and location of each process was assumed to be known. With the exception of an equal importance of macropores and pore-filling micropores, TBPs show little sensitivity to the fraction of micropores present. In general, significant sensitivity of the TBPs was observed for uniform and throat-preferred cementation. Layering parallel to the fluid flow direction had a considerable impact on TBPs whereas layering perpendicular to flow did not. Microcrack orientations seemed of minor importance in affecting TBPs.},
doi = {10.1002/2015WR016948},
journal = {Water Resources Research},
number = 6,
volume = 51,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {5}
}

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