An NMR investigation of pore size and paramagnetic effects in synthetic sandstones

Leah Ronan

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    [Truncated abstract] This thesis describes the development of synthetic rock samples, representative of core samples from hydrocarbon reservoirs. The basic process consists of screening and sorting silica particles into discrete grain sizes, and then binding them together using a proprietary process known as CIPS, (Calcite In-situ Precipitation System). In the bonding process, the porosity of the system is substantially preserved, and the technique allows the manufacture of synthetic core samples with a tailor-made permeability. The produced samples were extensively characterised using a variety of analytic techniques to determine their porosity, permeability and pore size distribution. These analyses were a necessary pre-cursor to a major part of this thesis: the characterisation of the pore space by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques. The synthetic core samples, covering a 7 times factor in grain sizes were examined using NMR, and this data formed the comparative basis for the NMR studies that followed. Two fundamental NMR questions were posed and answered in this thesis: 1. What is the effect of paramagnetic ions in the rock matrix on the NMR response? In pursuit of this question the CIPS process was extended to include co-precipitation of paramagnetic ions. A key feature is that the ions were deposited in predictable amounts at known sites (on the wall of the pore space). ... The NMR response in these double cores was then measured and examined to provide an answer to the question posed at the beginning of this paragraph. The significance of this work is that the physically distinct cores are a cylindrical analogue of adjoining sedimentary strata. By answering the question posed above, the thesis gives an indication of the vertical porosity resolution ultimately possible in an NMR logging tool. At present this ranges from 9” to 24” in the most favourable circumstances. This work suggests that the NMR signal carries porosity information at a much higher resolution, and that advanced numerical analysis of the NMR signature could realise the potential of greater stratigraphic resolution in NMR logging In addition to the research outlined above, the application of the CIPS technique to produce analogues of reservoir rocks, pioneered in this thesis, has stimulated similar research to be undertaken at other institutions, including the fabrication of synthetic reservoir cores containing clay particles (at CSIRO - the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) and a large scale application, formation of meter size blocks of CIPS bonded material, with separate strata, for laboratory studies of seismic waves (at Curtin University)
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2006


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