Multiphase streaming potential in sandstones saturated with gas/brine and oil/brine during drainage and imbibition

J. Vinogradov, M.D. Jackson

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We have measured the streaming potential in water-wet sandstones during both drainage and imbibition, and demonstrate that it behaves differently in oil/brine and gas/brine displacements. During drainage, the streaming potential remains significantly greater than zero at the irreducible water saturation in oil/brine displacements, but falls to zero in gas/brine displacements. During imbibition, the streaming potential at partial saturation in oil/brine displacements exceeds that measured at saturation, but not in gas/brine experiments. Our results have application to streaming potential measurements in the vadose zone, hydrocarbon reservoirs, contaminated aquifers and during CO2 sequestration.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberL01301
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number1
Early online date7 Jan 2011
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2011


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  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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