A Dual Porosity Micromodel With Carbonate Features

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This thesis describes the creation and testing of an etched-silicon micromodel that has the features and characteristics of a dual porosity pore system such as might be found in a carbonate rock. The approach started with analysis of a limestone thin section that has both good porosity and permeability. Currently, Arab-D lithology carbonates are the best candidates for micromodeling given the fact that there are many studies and literature that have analyzed this rock type. Arab-D carbonates also have good rock and petrophysical properties. A 2D micro pore-network model that has pore features similar to Arab-D limestone with dual porosity has been developed. This micromodel is used to perform experiments to investigate carbonate dual porosity multiphase flow behavior through petrophysical properties such as porosity, permeability, fluid saturations and recovery factors. A possible advantage after achieving a representative carbonate dual-porosity micromodel is the ability to observe pore-level mechanisms of enhanced oil recovery and predict petrophysical properties in the case it is difficult to gather rock samples directly.


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Date created August 2011


Author Al-Dossary, Mohammad
Primary advisor Kovscek, Anthony R.
Advisor Castanier, Louis
Degree granting institution Stanford University, Department of Energy Resources Engineering


Subject School of Earth Energy & Environmental Sciences
Genre Thesis

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Al-Dossary, Mohammad. (2011). A Dual Porosity Micromodel With Carbonate Features. Stanford Digital Repository. Available at: https://purl.stanford.edu/zw673nh3928


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