A high-pressure metallic core holder for magnetic resonance based on Hastelloy-C

Mojtaba Shakerian, Florin Marica, Armin Afrough, Fred Goora, Ming Li, Sarah Vashaee, Bruce Balcom

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A metallic core holder, fabricated from non-magnetic Hastelloy-C276, has been designed for Magnetic Resonance (MR) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of core plug samples at high pressures and temperatures. Core plug samples, 1.5″ in diameter and 2″ in length, can be tested in the core holder at elevated pressures and temperatures, up to 5000 psi and 80 °C. These are conditions commonly found in petroleum reservoirs. A radio frequency probe, which excites and detects magnetic resonance signals, was placed inside the metal vessel. Proximity to the sample improves the signal to noise ratio of the resulting measurements. The metallic core holder is positioned between the poles of a 0.2 T permanent magnet and subjected to rapidly switched magnetic field gradients as part of the imaging process. This switching induces eddy currents on the conductive core holder, which degrades the magnetic field gradient waveform in the sample space. The low electrical-conductivity of Hastelloy-C276 minimizes the duration and the magnitude of such eddy currents. A recently developed pre-equalization technique was employed to ensure that magnetic field gradient pulses, required for MRI, are near ideal in the sample space. A representative core flooding experiment was undertaken in conjunction with MR/MRI measurements. © 2017 Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Article number123703
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


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