Data for drainage capillary pressure distribution and fluid displacement in a heterogeneous laminated sandstone

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We applied three-dimensional X-ray microtomography to image a capillary drainage process (0-1000 kPa) in a cm-scale heterogeneous laminated sandstone containing three distinct regions with different pore sizes to study the capillary pressure. We used differential imaging to distinguish solid, macro pore and five levels of sub-resolution pore phases associated with each region. The brine saturation distribution was computed based on average CT values. The non-wetting phase displaced the wetting phase in order of pore size and connectivity. The drainage capillary pressure in the highly heterogeneous rock was dependent on the capillary pressures in the individual regions as well as distance to the boundary between regions. The complex capillary pressure distribution has important implications for accurate water saturation estimation, gas and/or oil migration and the capillary rise of water in heterogeneous aquifers.


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  • Branko Bijeljic (Imperial College)
  • Martin Blunt (Imperial College London)


May 11, 2021


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