IIT Roorkee Sets Up 'Rock & Fluid Multi Physics Laboratory’

It can handle characterisation challenges of the oil and gas reservoir in routine and complex formations including the hydrates and geothermal systems & carry out carbon utilisation and storage feasibility studies

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Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) in its pursuit to lead the future by providing cutting-edge science and technology solutions took another big leap when it opened up a state-of-the-art laboratory named ‘Rock & Fluid Multiphysics Laboratory’.  

The lab was inaugurated by Padma Bhushan Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Honorable Member, NITI Aayog in the august presence of Prof. Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, Prof. Manoranjan Parida, Deputy Director, IIT Roorkee, and Prof. Akshay Dwivedi, Dean SRIC, IIT Roorkee. Prof. Manika Prasad, Colorado School of Mines, USA, along with Prof. Anand Joshi, Head Earth Sciences, and other respected faculty colleagues of IIT Roorkee and students also graced the inaugural ceremony (Figure 1).  

This lab hosts some of the cutting-edge tools and technologies in the domain of Applied Geoscience and Petroleum Engineering. It can facilitate Multiphysics and multiscale experiments and create feasibility models for increasing the success rates of the exploration and development targets of energy companies in their efforts to successfully exploit conventional and unconventional energy resources.  

The laboratory has a Low-Frequency System (Figure 2) that provides dynamic estimates of the seismic rock property response in the range of 0.1 Hz to 3000 Hz, under insitu conditions. This simulates the insitu reservoir under hydrostatic assumptions. The Pseudo Triaxial Setup provides the static (0 Hz) estimates of the elastic and the associated geo-mechanical attributes in the formations of mineral deposits under more realistic subsurface conditions.  

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