Correlation between microstructure and flow behavior in porous sandstones

S. Baraka-Lokmane, I. G. Main, B. T. Ngwenya, S. C. Elphick, C. Jones, S. A. Hamilton

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    The correlation between permeability and petrographical parameters in cored samples can be used by extrapolations to predict permeability in uncored intervals. The core analysis described here is concerned with the study of fluid-rock interactions in rock samples from three sandstone reservoirs, in particular the effect of petrographical parameters on flow behavior. A positive correlation between liquid permeability and the volume fraction of silica is clearly demonstrated. Liquid permeability was correlated using multivariate regressions to one to five petrographical parameters, the results of which have useful application in the estimation of reservoir permeability where samples are not available for experimental testing.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)511-529
    Number of pages19
    JournalPetroleum Science and Technology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009


    • Laboratory study
    • Permeability
    • Petrography
    • Sandstone


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