Laboratory study: Hydromechanical behavior of natural fractures

Laboratory study: Hydromechanical behavior of natural fractures

Internship Description

Carbonate formations and reservoirs are often fractured. These fracture sets strongly influence the geo-plumbing of the reservoir. In other words, flow in the reservoir (both hydrocarbons and water), the ability to recover crude oil, production profiles from producing wells and the risk of bypassing oil are deeply affected by the fracture network. Because fracture aperture is stress sensitive natural fractures can hydraulically open or close as a result of reservoir pressure and stress changes associated to fluid injection or production. 
We are looking for a highly motivated bachelor or master student who will be responsible for conducting a series of laboratory measurements. The purpose is to measure fluid flow as a function of pressure, normal load, and shear through a fracture within an artificial as well as real rock samples. This experimental work will include roughness measurements on fracture surfaces that are then correlated with individual experiment results. 
Findings from this internship project will be integrated into the development of novel relationships and predictive capabilities between rock fractures and their hydraulic opening and closing behavior in response to reservoir pressure and effective stress changes. 
We expect that this research will lead to publications, which the student can contribute to. Senior Research Scientist ​​

Deliverables/Expectations

​We are seeking a B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science) or M.Sc. (Master of Sciences) student who is interested in the stated topic for his / her thesis research. The project is suitable for candidates who enjoy working in a laboratory and are interested in rock- and geo-mechanics, subsurface flow, or/and data analysis / statistics. 

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Field of Study

​Rock- and geo-mechanics or reservoir engineering