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Hierarchical integration of porosity in shales

Ma, L; Slater, T; Dowey, PJ; Yue, S; Rutter, EH; Taylor, KG; Lee, PD; (2018) Hierarchical integration of porosity in shales. Scientific Reports , 8 (1) , Article 11683. 10.1038/s41598-018-30153-x. Green open access

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Abstract

Pore characterization in shales is challenging owing to the wide range of pore sizes and types present. Haynesville-Bossier shale (USA) was sampled as a typical clay-bearing siliceous, organic-rich, gas-mature shale and characterized over pore diameters ranging 2 nm to 3000 nm. Three advanced imaging techniques were utilized correlatively, including the application of Xe+ plasma focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (plasma FIB or PFIB), complemented by the Ga+ FIB method which is now frequently used to characterise porosity and organic/inorganic phases, together with transmission electron microscope tomography of the nano-scale pores (voxel size 0.6 nm; resolution 1-2 nm). The three pore-size scales each contribute differently to the pore network. Those <10 nm (greatest number), 10 nm to 100 nm (best-connected hence controls transport properties), and >100 nm (greatest total volume hence determines fluid storativity). Four distinct pore types were found: intra-organic, organic-mineral interface, inter-mineral and intra-mineral pores were recognized, with characteristic geometries. The whole pore network comprises a globally-connected system between phyllosilicate mineral grains (diameter: 6-50 nm), and locally-clustered connected pores within porous organic matter (diameter: 200-800 nm). Integrated predictions of pore geometry, connectivity, and roles in controlling petrophysical properties were verified through experimental permeability measurements.

Type: Article
Title: Hierarchical integration of porosity in shales
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-30153-x
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-30153-x
Language: English
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URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10054675
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