Flow in Nanoporous Rocks

Innovative Research to Measure Relative Permeabilities in Shales using Synthetic and Natural Shale

Following wide ranging and intensive discussions with a number of EGI Corporate Associate members, Dr. Milind Deo has augmented previous research focusing on measurement and flow in nanoporous materials to include both synthetic shales for calibration purposes as well as conducting measurements on naturally occurring shales. This novel new approach — synthetic shales created at the University of Utah in partnership with the University of California, Davis and analyzed in EGI labs — serves to help us better understand the roles of different types of porosity in relation to permeabilities and relative permeabilities and create a relative permeability database. The full project summary can be downloaded from our web site under Current Projects and is linked below.

“Flow in Nanoporous Rocks – Measurement of Relative Permeabilities in Synthetic Nanoporous Materials & Shale Samples.”

Project Deliverables include:

  • Measurements of the relative amounts of meso- and nano porosity and how this is impacted by nanopore size, connectivity, mineralogy and clay content.
  • Permeability values for nano structures of different pore sizes, connectivities and mineralogies.
  • Saturation pressures for simple hydrocarbon mixtures as a function of pore size.
  • Relative permeabilities for well-characterized shales.
  • Correlation of the structure and property relationships of well-calibrated nanostructured materials to real shales.

As with all cost-shared research at EGI, sponsors receive the full value of the research at a fraction of the cost.  The investment you make in this research is matched by other sponsors, bringing your company exceptional value per investment dollar.
Matrix permeability is one of the most important properties that govern recoveries of liquids from shales and thus are of primary importance to companies working with these potentially lucrative resources.  We invite you to join this foundational research as a Project Sponsor and benefit from the unique understanding evolving out of the Project.

For specific questions or technical details, contact:

Dr. Milind Deo at 801-587-8399 | milind.deo@utah.edu or
Tom Riley at 801.587.9777 | triley@egi.utah.edu.

To become a sponsor, contact
Nancy Taylor at 801-585-9137 | ntaylor@egi.utah.edu.