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Subject/Keyword
Enhanced Oil Recovery
Waterflooding
Rock-core
micro-CT
Chip
Pore network
Fabrication
Recovery-curve
Oil-displacement
FIB-SEM
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Bera, Bijoyendra
Supervisor and department
Mitra, Sushanta Kumar (Mechanical Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Babadagli, Tayfun (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Bhattacharjee, Subir (Mechanical Engineering)
Department
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-08-24T19:55:58Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This current work investigates pore structure of various reservoir-rock materials using state-of-the-art microscopy such as micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) and Focused Ion Beam-Scanning electron Microscopy (FIB-SEM). Novel sample preparation methods have been developed for such rock cores, in order to characterize and quantify the complex pore space. The evolution of the pores inside such a reservoir is captured, from nanometre to micronscale pores. Based on the analysis, realistic pore networks have been designed, with varying pore connectivity and pore size, to resemble such oil-reservoirs to greater detail. Fabrication of this network has been achieved in silicon and quartz substrates, and design of microfluidic connectors have been performed for creating a complete microfluidic device. Thus, an entire section of an oil-reservoir has been miniaturized to the lab-scale and the device has been termed ‘Reservoir-on-a-Chip’ (ROC).Waterflooding experiments are performed in ROC along with preparation of recovery-curve.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3NW7C
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License granted by Bijoyendra Bera (bera@ualberta.ca) on 2011-08-24 (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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