Our research group is equipped with the following laboratories that are stocked with world class equipment to conduct sponsored and independent research (click the title for a list of equipment and capabilities):
- Oilfield Chemistry Rock-Fluid Interaction Lab (RICH 802)
- Chaparral Fischer CO2 EOR Lab (RICH 803)|Naturally Fractured Reservoir Lab (RICH 614)
- Chevron Petrophysical Imaging Laboratory (RICH 823)
The work in this lab is focused towards characterizing interactions of injection/stimulation fluids such as brine and surfactants with reservoir rock and oil that directly affect well performance and oil recovery. The objective of such studies is to formulate affordable injection fluids that ensure high performance while favorably altering rock properties for secondary and tertiary modes of recovery. Projects also focus on characterizing in situ capillary pressure changes due to gas injection for tertiary oil recovery. Lab capabilities include contact angle, interfacial tension and zeta potential measurements, Amott cells for spontaneous imbibition studies, multiple ovens for aging and coreflood experiments and Dean Stark apparatus for small and medium sized core samples.
A joint venture with Chaparral Energy and generously sponsored by Mr. Mark Fischer (CEO of Chaparral Energy), the Chaparral Fischer CO2 EOR lab in conjunction with Naturally Fractured Reservoir lab studies salient features of gas injection using CO2 and other modified natural gases for improving oil recovery from naturally fractured conventional and unconventional reservoirs. Studies also focus on improving foam stability using nanoparticles and surfactants for better mobility control and higher sweep efficiency of gas injection as well as characterizing gravity segregation in naturally fractured reservoirs. The lab boasts of state of the art equipment for minimum miscibility pressure measurements and gas injection besides standard equipment for density and rheological property measurements.
The Chevron Petrophysical Imaging Laboratory is equipped with a state of the art Toshiba Aquilion RXL CT Scanner with advanced 3D visualization software. This technology is used to image static and dynamic experiments carried about by faculty researchers and allows visualization of properties within scanned rock samples. More specifically, the Imaging Laboratory allows the determination of porosity, permeability distribution estimation, heterogeneity, direction of bedding, and natural fractures in great detail.