Hazra, Bodhisatwa and Singh, Ashok K. (2018) Porosity controls and fractal disposition of organic-rich Permian shales using low-pressure adsorption techniques. Fuel, 220. pp. 837-848. ISSN 0016-2361

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The pore structure characteristics of the Lower and Upper Permian shales belonging to the Barren Measures and Raniganj Formations, respectively, were investigated using the low-pressure N2 adsorption-desorption experiments. It was found that the kaolinite content of the Barren Measures shales strongly influenced the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller specific surface area (BET SSA). However, it was the Rock-Eval temperature maxima (Tmax) for the Raniganj Formation shales that influenced the BET SSA values. These shales are dominantly mesoporous and display a negative correlation between BET SSA and average pore radius. Nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms are of type IIB and type IV, displaying H2, H3, and hybrid H3-H4 hysteresis patterns. A strong positive correlation exists between average pore radius and the difference in volumes of gas adsorbed at the last-two-highest relative pressures measured. Samples with steeper isotherm slopes at the higher relative pressure range were those with the highest average pore radii. Porosity fractal dimension, D2 displayed a positive correlation with BET SSA and Tmax, and a negative correlation with average pore radius. It is thus concluded that shales with the lowest average pore sizes and highest thermal maturities are marked by larger SSA and more complex pore structures. One of the tested samples (CG 1019) with the highest D2 value is associated with the lowest D1 fractal dimension value. That counter intuitive relationship may reflect analytical constraints of the nitrogen adsorption method at lower relative pressures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shale pore structure Porosity fractal dimensions Raniganj basin India Nitrogen adsorption-desorption Petroleum-bearing shales
Subjects: Coal Characterisation
Depositing User: Mr. B. R. Panduranga
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 05:29
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2019 05:29
URI: http://cimfr.csircentral.net/id/eprint/1997

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