Investigation of Fundamental Dynamic Petrophysical Properties of Gas-Bearing Shales

Matt Balhoff, Carlos Verdin


The hypothesis of this work is that dynamic petrophysical properties of shales cannot be measured accurately and reliably with traditional approaches because the physical laws governing fluid transport in nanoscale pores are fundamentally different from those of microscale pores of conventional reservoirs.


This hypothesis is being tested by conducting experimental measurements and computational fluid dynamics modeling across nanofluidic channels to investigate fundamental petrophysical properties of gas-bearing shales, (permeability, capillary pressure, and relative permeability) at the nanoscale. The work will hopefully lead to a new, fundamental understanding of multiphase transport and petrophysics at the nanoscale that could result in new primary and/or secondary production strategies for shale gas.

PhD student: Shaina Kelly

Investigation of Fundamental Dynamic Petrophysical Properties of Gas-Bearing Shales