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A New Method To Determine Wettability of Tight Sandstone: Water Imbibition Evaporation Rate Ratio Measurements

  • Xuejuan Song
    Xuejuan Song
    Key Laboratory of Coalbed Methane Resources and Reservoir Formation Process, Ministry of Education, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221008, China
    School of Resources and Geoscience, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221116, China
    Department of Mining and Materials Engineering, McGill University, 3610 University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 0C5
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  • Yong Qin*
    Yong Qin
    Key Laboratory of Coalbed Methane Resources and Reservoir Formation Process, Ministry of Education, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221008, China
    School of Resources and Geoscience, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221116, China
    *E-mail: [email protected]
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  • Hao Ma
    Hao Ma
    Department of Mining and Materials Engineering, McGill University, 3610 University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 0C5
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  • Kristian Edmund Waters
    Kristian Edmund Waters
    Department of Mining and Materials Engineering, McGill University, 3610 University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 0C5
  • Ziwei Wang
    Ziwei Wang
    Key Laboratory of Coalbed Methane Resources and Reservoir Formation Process, Ministry of Education, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221008, China
    School of Resources and Geoscience, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221116, China
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  • Guozhang Li
    Guozhang Li
    Key Laboratory of Coalbed Methane Resources and Reservoir Formation Process, Ministry of Education, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221008, China
    School of Resources and Geoscience, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221116, China
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Cite this: Energy Fuels 2019, 33, 3, 1998–2007
Publication Date (Web):February 1, 2019
https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b04184
Copyright © 2019 American Chemical Society

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    Abstract

    With the development of gas exploration techniques, tight sandstone gas reservoirs have become the main source of new natural gas deposits and production in recent years. The wettability of tight sandstone is a very important parameter, affecting the gas–water distribution and movement in the sandstone, which is vital to gas recovery. Generally, the porosity and permeability of tight sandstone are low, with a nonhomogeneous pore structure. Thus, traditional testing methods of wettability on sandstone may not be suitable to treat tight sandstone. This paper proposes a new method of determining the wettability of tight sandstone by measuring the water imbibition evaporation rate ratio. Experimental results showed that the new proposed method could achieve the same results of tight sandstone wettability as the Amott–Harvey method, with a much shorter test duration, cheaper equipment, and improved ease of operation. The results of the new method showed a strong correlation with sandstone composition and structure, and it was more sensitive to small changes in wettability, with higher resolution and accuracy.

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