Reservoir-on-a-chip (ROC)

  • Author / Creator
    Bera, Bijoyendra
  • 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.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2011
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  • Degree
    Master of Science
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