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Computed tomography in petroleum engineering research

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S. Akin
S. Akin
1
Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Department, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara, Turkey
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A. R. Kovscek
A. R. Kovscek
2
Petroleum Engineering Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2220, USA (e-mail: kovscek@pangea.stanford.edu)
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Published:
January 01, 2003

Abstract

Imaging the distribution of porosity, permeability, and fluid phases is important to understanding single and multiphase flow characteristics of porous media. X-ray computed tomography (CT) has emerged as an important and powerful tool for nondestructive imaging because it is relatively easy to apply, can offer fine spatial resolution and is adaptable to many types of experimental procedures and flow conditions. This paper gives an overview of CT technology for imaging multiphase flow in porous media, the principles behind the technology and effective experimental design. By critically reviewing prior work using this important tool, we hope to provide a better understanding of its use and a pathway to improved analysis of CT-derived data. Because of the wide variety of image processing options, they are discussed in some detail.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Applications of X-ray Computed Tomography in the Geosciences

F. Mees
F. Mees
Ghent University, Belgium
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R. Swennen
R. Swennen
Physico-chemical Geology, K. U. Leuven, Belgium
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M. Van Geet
M. Van Geet
SCK-CEN, Belgium
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P. Jacobs
P. Jacobs
Ghent University, Belgium
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Geological Society of London
Volume
215
ISBN electronic:
9781862394636
Publication date:
January 01, 2003

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