Full Name

2009 Unconventional Resources

Using Single-Molecule Imaging System Combined with Nano-Fluidic Chips to Understand Fluid Flow in Tight and Shale Gas Formation

Subcontractor: The University of Missouri

Principal Investigator: Baojun Bai
Project Number Project Status
09122-29 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: Kent Perry
Colorado School of Mines; BJ Services; Hess Cooperation
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
February 11, 2011 August 31, 2014
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$1,703,739.00 $1,192,591.00 $494,110.00
Project Objectives

The objective of the project is to improve the understanding of the flow behavior of natural gas and introduced fluids (water, surfactant solutions and polymers) in the nano-darcy range of tight gas and shale formations by using advanced single-molecule imaging system combined with nano-fluidic chips and pore-scale numerical simulation techniques. Specifically, the Subcontractor will examine the flow behavior of gas and introduced fluids in the nano-scale pores and cracks in tight formations and study the effect of introduced fluids on natural gas transportation properties, such as capillary pressure, absolute permeability, relative permeability, non-Darcy flow. The difference of fluid flow in shale and tight sand formations will also be identified.


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