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  • An experimental platform for triaxial high-pressure/high-temperature testing of rocks using computed tomography REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS Glatz, G., Lapene, A., Castanier, L. M., Kovscek, A. R. 2018; 89 (4): 045101

    Abstract

    A conventional high-pressure/high-temperature experimental apparatus for combined geomechanical and flow-through testing of rocks is not X-ray compatible. Additionally, current X-ray transparent systems for computed tomography (CT) of cm-sized samples are limited to design temperatures below 180 °C. We describe a novel, high-temperature (>400 °C), high-pressure (>2000 psi/>13.8 MPa confining, >10 000 psi/>68.9 MPa vertical load) triaxial core holder suitable for X-ray CT scanning. The new triaxial system permits time-lapse imaging to capture the role of effective stress on fluid distribution and porous medium mechanics. System capabilities are demonstrated using ultimate compressive strength (UCS) tests of Castlegate sandstone. In this case, flooding the porous medium with a radio-opaque gas such as krypton before and after the UCS test improves the discrimination of rock features such as fractures. The results of high-temperature tests are also presented. A Uintah Basin sample of immature oil shale is heated from room temperature to 459 °C under uniaxial compression. The sample contains kerogen that pyrolyzes as temperature rises, releasing hydrocarbons. Imaging reveals the formation of stress bands as well as the evolution and connectivity of the fracture network within the sample as a function of time.

    View details for DOI 10.1063/1.5030204

    View details for Web of Science ID 000431139400058

    View details for PubMedID 29716377

  • Visualization and Quantification of Thermally Induced Porosity Alteration of Immature Source Rock Using X-ray Computed Tomography ENERGY & FUELS Glatz, G., Castanier, L. M., Kovscek, A. R. 2016; 30 (10): 8141-8149
  • Upscaling Kinetics for Field-Scale In-Situ-Combustion Simulation SPE RESERVOIR EVALUATION & ENGINEERING Nissen, A., Zhu, Z., Kovscek, T., Castanier, L., Gerritsen, M. 2015; 18 (2): 158-170
  • An experimental investigation of the in-situ combustion behavior of Karamay crude oil JOURNAL OF PETROLEUM SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING Zhao, R., Chen, Y., Huan, R., Castanier, L. M., Kovscek, A. R. 2015; 127: 82-92
  • Kinetics Oxidation of Heavy Oil. 2. Application of Genetic Algorithm for Evaluation of Kinetic Parameters ENERGY & FUELS Lapene, A., Debenest, G., Quintard, M., Castanier, L. M., Gerritsen, M. G., Kovscek, A. R. 2015; 29 (2): 1119-1129

    View details for DOI 10.1021/ef501392k

    View details for Web of Science ID 000349943300073

  • Consistency Measures for Isoconversional Interpretation of In-Situ Combustion Reaction Kinetics ENERGY & FUELS Chen, B., Castanier, L. M., Kovscek, A. R. 2014; 28 (2): 868-876

    View details for DOI 10.1021/ef4020235

    View details for Web of Science ID 000331861800017

  • Fuel Formation and Conversion During In-Situ Combustion of Crude Oil SPE JOURNAL Hascakir, B., Ross, C. M., Castanier, L. M., Kovscek, A. R. 2013; 18 (6): 1217-1228
  • An induction reactor for studying crude-oil oxidation relevant to in situ combustion. Review of scientific instruments Bazargan, M., Lapene, A., Chen, B., Castanier, L. M., Kovscek, A. R. 2013; 84 (7): 075115-?

    Abstract

    In a conventional ramped temperature oxidation kinetics cell experiment, an electrical furnace is used to ramp temperature at a prescribed rate. Thus, the heating rate of a kinetics cell experiment is limited by furnace performance to heating rates of about 0.5-3 °C/min. A new reactor has been designed to overcome this limit. It uses an induction heating method to ramp temperature. Induction heating is fast and easily controlled. The new reactor covers heating rates from 1 to 30 °C/min. This is the first time that the oxidation profiles of a crude oil are available over such a wide range of heating rate. The results from an induction reactor and a conventional kinetics cell at roughly 2 °C/min are compared to illustrate consistency between the two reactors. The results at low heating rate are the same as the conventional kinetics cell. As presented in the paper, the new reactor couples well with the isoconversional method for interpretation of reaction kinetics.

    View details for DOI 10.1063/1.4815827

    View details for PubMedID 23902114

  • An induction reactor for studying crude-oil oxidation relevant to in situ combustion REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS Bazargan, M., Lapene, A., Chen, B., Castanier, L. M., Kovscek, A. R. 2013; 84 (7)

    View details for DOI 10.1063/1.4815827

    View details for Web of Science ID 000322602200078

    View details for PubMedID 23902114

  • Pore-Scale Evaluation of Polymers Displacing Viscous Oil-Computational-Fluid-Dynamics Simulation of Micromodel Experiments SPE RESERVOIR EVALUATION & ENGINEERING Clemens, T., Tsikouris, K., Buchgraber, M., Castanier, L., Kovscek, A. 2013; 16 (2): 144-154
  • Improved Predictability of In-Situ-Combustion Enhanced Oil Recovery SPE RESERVOIR EVALUATION & ENGINEERING Kovscek, A. R., Castanier, L. M., Gerritsen, M. G. 2013; 16 (2): 172-182
  • A Study of Microscale Gas Trapping Using Etched Silicon Micromodels TRANSPORT IN POROUS MEDIA Buchgraber, M., Kovscek, A. R., Castanier, L. M. 2012; 95 (3): 647-668
  • Kinetics Oxidation of Heavy Oil. 1. Compositional and Full Equation of State Model ENERGY & FUELS Lapene, A., Debenest, G., Quintard, M., Castanier, L. M., Gerritsen, M. G., Kovscek, A. R. 2011; 25 (11): 4886-4895

    View details for DOI 10.1021/ef200365y

    View details for Web of Science ID 000297001400003

  • Combustion Kinetics of Heavy Oils in Porous Media ENERGY & FUELS Cinar, M., Castanier, L. M., Kovscek, A. R. 2011; 25 (10): 4438-4451

    View details for DOI 10.1021/ef200680t

    View details for Web of Science ID 000296212900024

  • Predictability of Crude Oil In-Situ Combustion by the Isoconversional Kinetic Approach SPE JOURNAL Cinar, M., Hascakir, B., Castanier, L. M., Kovscek, A. R. 2011; 16 (3): 537-547
  • In-Situ Combustion Dynamics Visualized With X-Ray Computed Tomography SPE JOURNAL Hascakir, B., Glatz, G., Castanier, L. M., Kovscek, A. R. 2011; 16 (3): 524-536
  • A Microvisual Study of the Displacement of Viscous Oil by Polymer Solutions SPE RESERVOIR EVALUATION & ENGINEERING Buchgraber, M., Clemens, T., Castanier, L. M., Kovscek, A. R. 2011; 14 (3): 269-280
  • Experimental and Numerical Analysis of In-Situ Combustion in a Fractured Core SPE JOURNAL Fadaei, H., Castanier, L., Kamp, A. M., Debenest, G., Quintard, M., Renard, G. 2011; 16 (2): 358-373
  • Super insulated wells to protect permafrost during thermal oil recovery INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OIL GAS AND COAL TECHNOLOGY Marques, C., Castanier, L. M., Kovscek, A. R. 2011; 4 (1): 4-30
  • Isoconversional Kinetic Analysis of the Combustion of Heavy Hydrocarbons ENERGY & FUELS Cinar, M., Castanier, L. M., Kovscek, A. R. 2009; 23 (8): 4003-4015

    View details for DOI 10.1021/ef900222w

    View details for Web of Science ID 000269088300023

  • Effects of Steam on Heavy Oil Combustion SPE RESERVOIR EVALUATION & ENGINEERING Lapene, A., Castanier, L. M., Debenest, G., Quintard, M., Kamp, A. M., Corre, B. 2009; 12 (4): 508-517
  • Laboratory investigation of the effect of solvent injection on in-situ combustion 2006 SPE/DOE Symposium on Improved Oil Recovery CRISTOFARI, J., Castanier, L. M., Kovscek, A. R. SOC PETROLEUM ENG. 2008: 153–63
  • A laboratory investigation of temperatrue-induced sand consolidation 2005 SPE Western Regional Meeting Ross, C. M., Rangel-German, E. R., Castanier, L. M., Hara, P. S., Kovscek, A. R. SOC PETROLEUM ENG. 2006: 206–15
  • Multiphase-flow properties of fractured porous media JOURNAL OF PETROLEUM SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING Rangel-German, E., Akin, S., Castanier, L. 2006; 51 (3-4): 197-213
  • An investigation of the effect of oil composition on heavy-oil solution gas drive 2003 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition Tang, G. Q., Leung, T., Castanier, L. M., Sahni, A., Gadelle, F., Kumar, M., Kovscek, A. R. SOC PETROLEUM ENG. 2006: 58–70
  • Upgrading of crude oil via in situ combustion Brigham Symposium Castanier, L. M., Brigham, W. E. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2003: 125–36
  • Porosity and permeability evolution accompanying hot fluid injection into diatomite PETROLEUM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Diabira, I., Castanier, L. M., Kovscek, A. R. 2001; 19 (9-10): 1167-1185
  • Foam Flow in Heterogeneous Porous Media: Effect of Cross Flow SPE JOURNAL Bertin, H. J., Apaydin, O. G., Castanier, L. M., Kovscek, A. R. 1999; 4 (2): 75-82
  • Modifying in-situ combustion with metallic additives IN SITU Castanier, L. M., Brigham, W. E. 1997; 21 (1): 27-45
  • A preliminary study of relative permeability in geothermal rocks 1995 Annual Meeting of the Geothermal-Resources-Council - Accomplishments of the Past and Challenges of the Future SATIK, C., Ambusso, W., Castanier, L. M., Horne, R. N. GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES COUNCIL. 1995: 539–546
  • NONDESTRUCTIVE MEASUREMENTS OF FRACTURE APERTURE IN CRYSTALLINE ROCK CORES USING X-RAY COMPUTED-TOMOGRAPHY JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH Johns, R. A., STEUDE, J. S., Castanier, L. M., Roberts, P. V. 1993; 98 (B2): 1889-1900
  • FURTHER CHARACTERIZATION OF SURFACTANTS AS STEAMFLOOD ADDITIVES IN SITU HAMIDA, F. M., DEMIRAL, B. M., Shallcross, D. C., Castanier, L. M., Brigham, W. E. 1992; 16 (2): 137-154
  • STEAM WITH ADDITIVES: FIELD PROJECTS OF THE EIGHTIES JOURNAL OF PETROLEUM SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING Castanier, L. M. 1989; 2 (2-3): 193-206
  • SELECTING FOAMING AGENTS FOR STEAM INJECTION IMPROVEMENT CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PROGRESS Castanier, L. M., Brigham, W. E. 1985; 81 (6): 37-40