DOI: 10.3390/app132312851 ISSN: 2076-3417

Evaluation of the Rock Mechanical Properties of Shale Oil Reservoirs: A Case Study of Permian Lucaogou Formation in the Jimusar Sag, Junggar Basin

Jian Xiong, Renzhong Gan, Xiangjun Liu, Lixi Liang, Xiucheng Guo
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • General Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • General Materials Science

Rock mechanical properties play an important role in the exploration and development of shale oil reservoirs. To study the rock mechanical properties continuously distributed along the longitudinal direction of the formation, physical and mechanical property data of shales from the Permian Lucaogou Formation of the Junggar Basin were gathered through experimental tests. The regression analysis method was applied to obtain relationships between physical properties and rock mechanical properties. Based on this, new empirical relationships between rock mechanical properties were established. The results show that the uniaxial compressive strength (UCS) ranged from 48.40 to 147.86 MPa, the Young’s modulus (Es) was between 3.02 and 20.63 GPa, the Poisson’s ratio (νs) ranged from 0.13 to 0.36, the cohesive force (C) ranged from 14.65 to 34.60 MPa, and the internal friction angle (φ) was between 27.61 and 46.94°. The rock mechanical properties were more sensitive to the P-wave interval transit time (Δtc) and bulk density (DEN). Among them, the UCS was more sensitive to Δtc, while the C, Es, and νs were more sensitive to Δtc/DEN. For UCS and Es, an exponential function correlation is more reliable than linear expression and power function, whereas for C and νs, power function and linear expression were adopted for higher accuracy, respectively. Compared with the empirical equations presented in the literature, the empirical equations established in the paper are more accurate and reliable, making them applicable to the Permian Lucaogou Formation shale oil reservoirs in the Jimusar Sag of the Junggar Basin.

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