This test determines the pore volume compressibility of a rock sample under reservoir condition. The constant stress σ1 simulates the overburden while the radial stress σ3 is controlled in such a way that the radial deformation of the sample is zero throughout the test (uniaxial strain test). A pore pressure is injected and then varied e.g. to simulate the depletion of the reservoir.
The axial deformation of the samples gives the bulk volume change while the squeeze out of the pore fluid gives the pore volume change. Variations of this procedure like testing under a hydrostatic stress condition are also applicable.
The test can be carried out with saturated samples (water, brine, oil) from ambient conditions up to a temperature of 150°C and an operating pressure of up to 140 MPa (σ2 = σ3). Sample dimensions applied so far are length : diameter = 2:1 with specimen diameters of 1” to 2”.
|pore pressure variation||constant||f(ε3)||≠ 0||= 0||variable||Δl|
|at prevented lateral strain||variable||free||constant|
In September 2019 the Swiss National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (NAGRA) commisioned Gesteinslabor with UCS, Brazilian and triaxial tests on neighbouring rocks of the Opalinus Clay - the rock which will host Switzerland's future facilities for nuclear waste disposal.
Gesteinslabor receives funding grant for the development of a novel test rig to determine capillary threshold pressure with hydrogen
Gesteinslabor receives funding from BMWi for the development of a new test rig. With this funding, our company will open up a new business field in renewable energies by implementing an innovative technology to determine the capillary threshold pressure with hydrogen on cap rock of underground gas storage facilities.