A new apparatus for coupled low-field NMR and ultrasonic measurements in rocks at reservoir conditions

Paul R.J. Connolly, Joël Sarout, Jérémie Dautriat, Eric F. May, Michael L. Johns

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Models which describe the effect of pore fluids on elastic wave propagation in rocks are the basis for quantitative reservoir analysis. Laboratory ultrasonic measurements conducted on rock cores are used to develop and tune these models, which requires inputs such as fluid saturation and distribution, pore aspect ratio, wettability and fluid viscosity. Hydrogen (1H) Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a technique that can be used to quantitatively describe some of these important parameters. Here we report on the design, construction and performance of a novel NMR-compatible rock core holder system allowing for the measurement of both ultrasonic P-wave velocities and NMR relaxation parameters in rock cores at reservoir pressure. Successful validation against a conventional benchtop ultrasonic measurement system was performed, whilst sequential NMR and ultrasonic measurements were demonstrated on a sandstone rock core at reservoir pressure as a function of variable brine/supercritical CO2 saturation. This new apparatus represents the first coupled NMR and ultrasonic measurements of rocks at high temperature and pressure, and allows for a new approach to study pore scale saturation effects on elastic wave propagation in rocks.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
EventSPWLA 60th Annual Logging Symposium 2019 - The Woodlands, United States
Duration: 15 Jun 201919 Jun 2019


ConferenceSPWLA 60th Annual Logging Symposium 2019
CountryUnited States
CityThe Woodlands


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Connolly, P. R. J., Sarout, J., Dautriat, J., May, E. F., & Johns, M. L. (2019). A new apparatus for coupled low-field NMR and ultrasonic measurements in rocks at reservoir conditions. Paper presented at SPWLA 60th Annual Logging Symposium 2019, The Woodlands, United States. https://doi.org/10.30632/T60ALS-2019_B