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    Improvement of Extracted pore-throat Network Model from CT Scan Images Using Percolation Concepts

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Barzegar, Farzad (Author) ; Masihi, Mohsen (Supervisor) ; Jamshidi, Saeed (Supervisor)
    The static and dynamic properties of a porous medium are highly dependent on its internal geometry. CT scan images are used to obtain porous media geometry. These images are not directly suitable for computational purpose. Because these images are not easy computable, the pore-throat network models are used to geometrical conversation. Extracting these models from CT scans is done using statistical-probabilistic methods based on image processing. In this study, new methods for extracting the 3D pore network model from 2D/3D CT scan images and pore connection detection are presented. In this method, the geometric static parameters of the rock, including the porosity, the porosity-based... 

    Optimization assisted asphaltene deposition modeling in porous media during a natural depletion scheme

    , Article Petroleum Science and Technology ; Volume 30, Issue 9 , Mar , 2012 , Pages 958-965 ; 10916466 (ISSN) Hematfar, V ; Bagheri, M ; Kharrat, R ; Ghazanfari, M ; Ghotbi, C ; Sharif University of Technology
    Changes in thermodynamic properties such as pressure, temperature, and composition may result in asphaltene precipitation and deposition in porous media. In addition, asphaltene deposition can cause wettability alteration, permeability reduction, and ultimately a decrease in the productivity of a reservoir. Natural depletion is one of the most common processes of asphaltene deposition in which pressure changes destabilize the dissolved asphaltene in the oil and settle them onto the rock surface. In this work, natural depletion experiments in consolidated core samples were performed under simulated reservoir conditions to obtain reliable data and analyze the asphaltene deposition mechanisms.... 

    Investigation of asphaltene deposition mechanisms during primary depletion and CO2 injection

    , Article Society of Petroleum Engineers - 9th European Formation Damage Conference 2011, 7 June 2011 through 10 June 2011 ; Volume 1 , June , 2011 , Pages 223-231 ; 9781617829673 (ISBN) Jafari Behbahani, T ; Ghotbi, C ; Taghikhani, V ; Shahrabadi, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Asphaltene deposition causes serious problems in the oil industry. Variation of oil composition and reservoir pressure is reported to be the most important factors that influence asphaltene deposition from reservoir oil. In this study, a mathematical model was developed to simulate asphaltene deposition during primary depletion and CO2 injection. The main purpose of this study is to investigate and to compare asphaltene deposition mechanisms due to primary depletion and CO2 injection. The solid model as thermodynamic model was applied to investigate asphaltene precipitation. A numerical model was established to the governing equations both in space and time and model parameters were... 

    Evolution of pore-scale morphology of oil shale during pyrolysis: a quantitative analysis

    , Article Transport in Porous Media ; Volume 119, Issue 1 , 2017 , Pages 143-162 ; 01693913 (ISSN) Rabbani, A ; Baychev, T. G ; Ayatollahi, S ; Jivkov, A. P ; Sharif University of Technology
    Changes of morphological parameters of oil shale under thermal conditions are investigated. Analyses are based on 26 micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) images of Green River immature shale rock available under creative commons license. Several image processing and characterization algorithms are applied to sequential high-resolution micro-CT images of oil shale samples undergoing pyrolysis. Pore-scale morphology is extracted and quantified, providing results for pore size, throat size, grain size, specific surface, coordination number, and fracture aperture. The results demonstrate critical increases of porosity, coordination number and fracture aperture in the temperature range from 390... 

    Dynamic modeling and optimization of asphaltene deposition in reservoir rocks using genetic algorithm

    , Article 72nd European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition 2010: A New Spring for Geoscience. Incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2010 ; Volume 6 , 2010 , Pages 4291-4295 ; 9781617386671 (ISBN) Bagheri, M. B ; Kharrat, R ; Hemmatfar, V ; Ghotbi, C ; Sharif University of Technology
    Society of Petroleum Engineers  2010
    Asphaltene deposition is a problematic challenge for oil production. Changes in key parameters like pressure and fluid composition during natural depletion and different gas injection scenarios may result in asphaltene precipitation and deposition. In this work, a model is developed by application of mass balance equations, momentum equation, asphaltene deposition and permeability reduction models. An algorithm is developed to perform iterative procedure to solve the numerical equations that contains highly coupled variables. Indeed, an equation is introduced to calculate the saturation of the precipitated asphaltene phase. Model parameters were determined by genetic algorithm which is a...