Fundamentals of Reservoir Rock Properties

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  • By Nayef Alyafei
  • Format:
  • Publication Date: September 2019
  • Number of Pages: 232
  • Language: English
  • Paperbound ISBN: 9789927137273

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Fundamentals of Reservoir Rock Properties discusses several essential rock properties needed for petroleum engineers and geoscientists. The topics covered are porosity, rock compressibility, permeability, fluid saturation, electrical properties of reservoir rocks, wettability, capillary pressure, and relative permeability. The final chapter integrates all the properties with a discussion on the application. The book covers the topics in a step-by-step fashion with tons of illustrative figures. Each topic is presented clearly with a wide range of illustrations and simplified explanations.

Key Features 

  • A step-by-step approach.  
  • Provides numerous examples and problems on each covered topic.
  • Written in clear English language to appeal to global students.
  • Numerous illustrative figures to solidify the understanding of the concepts. 
  • Summary highlighting the main points of each chapter.
  • End of chapters questions.

Author Information:
Dr. Nayef Alyafei, Assistant Professor in the Petroleum Engineering Department at Texas A&M University at Qatar.
Dr. Nayef Alyafei received his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London in 2015 and joined Texas A&M University as a faculty member in 2015. Dr. Alyafei is known for his passion in teaching with a unique teaching style. He received several teaching awards such as Teaching Excellence Award 2019, Faculty of the year 2019, and the Distinguished Achievement College-level Award for Teaching. In addition, he developed an undergraduate technical elective course and made significant curriculum changes to several courses in the department. Dr. Alyafei's research focuses on multi-phase flow in porous media.

“This excellent text book provides much-needed reference on reservoir rock properties.  Dr. Nayef Alyafei has based this work on his own popular lecture courses and his extensive research in multiphase flow in porous media.  A wide range of topics is presented clearly with excellent illustrations and explanations throughout.  The approach follows an easy-to-follow coherent progression of ideas and is pedagogical in its presentation, making this work ideal as a textbook for undergraduate or post-graduate studies in petroleum engineering, hydrology or related disciplines.  The book provides a much needed reference on petrophysics which is also valuable for researchers and professionals working in the oil industry.  It is also of interest to the growing body of students, researchers, scientists and engineers working on flow in porous media with a variety of applications from hydrocarbon recovery to carbon dioxide storage.  I will certainly recommend this work to my own students and colleagues, and use it in my teaching.” – Professor Martin Blunt, Imperial College London

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
1.1 What is Petroleum?
1.2 Origin of Petroleum 
1.3 Petroleum System
1.4 What is a Reservoir?
1.5 Lithology of Petroleum Reservoirs 
1.6 What is Petrophysics? 
1.7 Why Do We Need to Understand Petrophysics?
2. Prosperity
2.1 Classification of Porosity 
2.2 Calculation of Porosity 
2.3 Factors Affecting Porosity . 20
2.4 Measuring Porosity . 22
2.5 Grain/Matrix Density 
2.6 Summary 
End of Chapter Questions
3. Rock Compressibility
3.1 Types of Rock Compressibility 
3.2 Laboratory Determination of Rock Compressibility 
3.3 Summary 
End of Chapter Questions
4. Permeability
4.1 Applications of Permeability
4.2 Validity of Darcy’s Law for Single-Phase Permeability
4.3 Darcy’s Law Under Different Boundary Conditions
4.4 Laboratory Measurements of Absolute Permeability 
4.5 Pressure Profile 
4.6 Flow in Layered Systems 
4.7 Flow in Channels and Fractures 
4.8 Summary
End of Chapter Questions 
5. Fluid Saturation
5.1 Measuring Fluid Saturation
5.2 Limitations of Using Extraction Methods to Evaluate Reservoir’s Saturation
5.3 Summary 
End of Chapter Questions
6. Electrical Properties
6.1 Understanding Archie’s Law
6.2 Factors Affecting Resistivity of Reservoir Rocks
6.3 Measuring Electrical Properties of Reservoir Rocks
6.4 Applications of Electrical Properties of Reservoir Rocks
6.5 Summary
End of Chapter Questions
7. Wettability
7.1 Understanding Wettability
7.2 Classification of Wettability 
7.3 Flow Sequence/cycle 
7.4 Measuring Wettability 
7.5 Applications of Wettability
7.6 Summary 
8. Capillary Pressure
8.1 Capillary Rise 
8.2 Capillary Pressure Curves 
8.3 Laboratory Measurements of Capillary Pressure 
8.4 Capillary Pressure Conversion and Throat Radius Distribution
8.5 Leverett J-Function 
8.6 Water Saturation Distribution in a Layered System 
8.7 Hydrostatic Pressure and Repeat Formation Tester (RFT)
8.8 Applications of Capillary Pressure 
8.9 Summary 
End of Chapter Questions 
9. Relative Permeability
9.1 Relative permeability Curves
9.2 Recovery Factor Estimation
9.3 Laboratory Measurement of Relative Permeability
9.4 Three-Phase Relative Permeability
9.5 Summary 
End of Chapter Questions 
10. Data Integration and Volumetric Estimation of Hydrocarbons
10.1 Estimation of Hydrocarbons in Place
10.2 Data Integration and Uncertainty 
10.3 Summary
End of Chapter Questions 

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