Testing a new approach to petrophysical trend determination from X-Ray tomography

UDK: 550.822.3
DOI: 10.24887/0028-2448-2017-2-36-40
Key words: X-ray tomography (MCT), porosity, permeability, virtual cubes
Authors: I.V. Yazynina, E.V. Shelyago, A.A. Abrosimov (Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas (National Research University), RF, Moscow), O.N. Veremko (LUKOIL-Engineering LLC, RF, Moscow), E.A. Grachev, D.A. Bikulov (Lomonosov Moscow State University, RF, Moscow)

Paper presents existing possibilities for calculation of reservoir properties from X-ray tomography (MCT) data. Basic problems at hydrodynamic modeling stage are: agreement between calculation and laboratory measurements; insufficient memory of graphics processors needed to perform calculations.

Paper is devoted to testing of a new approach for calculation of reservoir rock properties based on MCT data. Main idea is allocation of several fragments of porous medium (virtual cubes) for each 3D rock model, calculation of reservoir properties for each virtual cube and plotting petrophysical relationship. Flow calculations are carried out on small-sized virtual cubes that are allocated using sample’s lithology characteristics. New techniques are available to personal computers users. Our decision is especially important for studying of small (non-representative) collection of core material, poorly consolidated core samples. Paper also presents a comparison of the calculated and laboratory measured dependencies between porosity and permeability for deposits of various oil and gas provinces.

We present that using of novel approach allows receiving "porosity - permeability" dependencies inside one physical rock sample. Calculated values for several core samples allow obtaining data array that is close to actual laboratory measured values for the whole geological object. Scaling procedure for flow processes at micro- and macroscale is verified by the fact, that calculated values for little virtual cubes have strong bonds with measured values received in laboratory for plug samples.


1. Zakirov T.R., Galeev A.A., Konovalov A.A., Statsenko E.O., Analysis of the

‘’representative elementary volume’’ sandstones reservoir properties using

the method of X-ray computed tomography in Ashalchinskoye oil field (In

Russ.), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo = Oil Industry, 2015, no. 10, pp. 54–57.

2. Culligan K.A., Wildenschild D., Christensen B.S.B. et al., Interfacial area

measurements for unsaturated flow through a porous medium, Water resources

research, 2004, V. 40, pp. 1–12.

3. Wildenschild D., Sheppard A.P., X-ray imaging and analysis techniques

for quantifying pore-scale structure and processes in subsurface porous

medium systems, Advances in Water Resources, 2013, no 51, pp. 217–246.

4. W. Nur Safawati Bt W Mohd Zainudin, Md. Zain, Zahidah, Riepe L., Application

of Digital Core Analysis (DCA) and Pore Network Modeling (PNM)

based on 3D Micro-CT Images for an EOR project in a Mature oil field in East

Malaysia, Proceedings of International Petroleum Technology conference,

Doha, Qatar, Kuala Lumpur: Offshore Technology Conferences,

2014, pp. 1–12.

5. Dvorkin J., Derzhi N., Fang Q. et al., From micro to reservoir scale: Permeability

from digital experiments, The Leading Edge, 2009, December,

pp. 1446–1453.

6. Yazynina I.V., Shelyago E.V., Abrosimov A.A. et al., Novel approach to

core sample MCT research for practical petrophysics problems solution (In

Russ.), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo = Oil Industry, 2017, no. 1, pp. 19–23.

7. Sok R.M., Varslot T., Gihous A. et al., Pore scale characterization of carbonates

at multiple scales integration of micro-CT, BSEM and FIDSEM,

Petrophysics, 2010, no. 51, pp. 379–387.

8. Chugunov S.S. Kazak A.V., Integration of X-ray micro-computed tomography

and focused-ion-beam scanning electron microscopy data for

pore-scale characterization of Bazhenov formation, Western Siberia

(In Russ.), Neftyanoe khozyaystvo = Oil Industry, 2015, no. 10, pp. 44–49.

9. Gerke K.M., Vasil'ev R.V., Korost D.V., Karsanina M.V., Modelirovanie v

masshtabe por po dannym rentgenovskoy tomografii (Pore scale modeling

in according to X-ray tomography), Proceedings of All-Russian sonference

“Prakticheskaya tomografiya” (), Moscow, 2013, pp. 23–27.

To buy the complete text of article (a format - PDF) or to read the material which is in open access only the authorized visitors of the website can. .