Hazra, Bodhisatwa and Singh, Deependra Pratap (2021) Applicability of Low-Pressure CO2 and N2 Adsorption in Determining Pore Attributes of Organic-Rich Shales and Coals. Energy & Fuel , 35 (1). pp. 456-464. ISSN 0887-0624

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Low-pressure gas adsorption (LPGA) using N2 and CO2 has been widely used by researchers to evaluate the porous structures present within shales and coals. For a suite of shale and coal samples from India, a drop in the N2-BET specific surface area (SSA) was observed with an increase in total organic carbon content (TOC), with low-TOC shales showing a higher SSA than high-TOC shales and coals. Previous research works have demonstrated the limitations of using N2 at −196 °C to penetrate complex microporous structures in coals and thus yielding a low SSA. Likewise, the limitations of N2 to decipher complex porous structures in coals will hold for shales as well. An overall trend of decreased N2-SSA with increasing TOC content, especially for shales with TOC >10 wt %, and higher N2-SSA at lower TOC levels indicates that N2 does not completely detect the porous structures in organic-rich rocks. It mostly accesses the porous structures in minerals, thereby yielding a generally high SSA for low-TOC shales. In light of these facts, correlating and evaluating SSA in shales based on organic richness and thermal maturity levels can be misleading. On the other hand, while LPGA studies using CO2 are also debated, we propose an improved relationship between organic matter abundance and CO2-SSA in coals and shales.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Rock Testing
Depositing User: Mr. B. R. Panduranga
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2021 11:11
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2021 11:11
URI: http://cimfr.csircentral.net/id/eprint/2331

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