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IIT Roorkee Creates ‘Rock and Fluid Multi-Physics Lab’ to Aid Energy Exploration Efforts

This laboratory houses some of the cutting-edge tools and technologies in the field of applied geosciences and petroleum engineering.

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New Delhi:

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, in its quest to lead the future by providing cutting-edge science and technology solutions, has taken another big step by opening a state-of-the-art laboratory named “Rock & Fluid Multiphysics Laboratory”. . The lab was inaugurated by Padma Bhushan Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Fellow, NITI Aayog in the presence of Prof. Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, Prof. Manoranjan Parida, Deputy Director, IIT Roorkee, and Prof. Akshay Dwivedi, SRIC Dean, IIT Roorkee. Professor Manika Prasad, Colorado School of Mines, USA, along with Professor Anand Joshi, Head of Earth Sciences, and other respected colleagues from IIT Roorkee faculty and students also graced the ceremony. inaugural.

This laboratory houses some of the cutting-edge tools and technologies in the field of applied geosciences and petroleum engineering. It can facilitate multi-physics, multi-scale experiments and create feasibility models to increase the success rates of exploration and development targets of energy companies in their efforts to successfully exploit conventional and unconventional energy resources.





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The laboratory is also capable of observing in the resistivity domains using cost-effective, non-destructive techniques such as spectral induced polarization (SIP) measurements and cation exchange capacity (CEC) measurements. This multiphysics approach to understanding the physical processes of rock and fluids and their interactions in the laboratory helps a lot in scaling observations to understand field measurements.

This laboratory can handle the challenges of characterizing the oil and gas reservoir in common (more homogeneous and good permeability) and complex (very heterogeneous and low permeability) formations including hydrates and geothermal systems. The laboratory can also carry out feasibility studies on the use and storage of carbon for formations such as shales, organic-rich resources, carbonates, coals, saline aquifers, coals and volcanic rocks.

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Professor Ravi Sharma, PhD, Head of Rock and Fluid Multi-Physics Laboratory, IIT Roorkee, emphasized: “In the lab, we simultaneously experiment with rock physics modeling to study the multi-physics properties of rocks, fluids and their interactions at It is very difficult to invert the properties of the subsoil, but the critical feasibility models of this laboratory can help reduce the uncertainty to understand the potential of oil and gas, hydrates and geothermal resources.

Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, NITI Aayog Fellow, said: “A state-of-the-art laboratory like this fits very well into the dynamics of the challenges associated with exploring and developing the energy resources hosted in the complex subterranean formation. . This lab would also be a significant boost to carbon sequestration efforts and a good understanding of the associated implications using feasibility models created in the lab. My best wishes to Professor Sharma and I hope to see some field-applicable solutions coming out of the lab in the near future.