Transport in Porous Media

, 80:253 | Cite as

Capillary Pressures by Fluid Saturation Profile Measurements During Centrifuge Rotation

  • Martin A. FernøEmail author
  • Øyvind Bull
  • Pål Ove Sukka
  • Arne Graue


A novel centrifuge technique to obtain the capillary pressure curve by measuring the local fluid distribution in a spinning core is presented. The Nuclear Tracer Imaging Centrifuge (NTIC) method measures the fluid saturation profile along the length of the core to directly obtain the capillary pressure curve. The proposed method is superior to conventional centrifuge techniques because (1) the capillary pressure curve is obtained at one rotational speed, (2) core plugs are not removed from the spinning centrifuge for imaging, and (3) no mathematical solution is needed to calculate the capillary pressure curve. The literature states that the various mathematical solutions used in conventional centrifuge tests are the greatest source of error, not the uncertainty in the experimental data. By eliminating the dependence of such solutions, the NTIC represents an alternative to conventional centrifuge tests, and may be used to validate the various mathematical procedures applied in conventional centrifuge capillary pressure tests. NTIC may also confirm the applicability of other imaging techniques that rely on core plug removal for saturation imaging, by verifying if there is no fluid re-distribution at static conditions.


Capillary pressure NTIC In situ fluid saturations Centrifugal rotation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin A. Fernø
    • 1
    Email author
  • Øyvind Bull
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pål Ove Sukka
    • 1
    • 2
  • Arne Graue
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and TechnologyUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.StatoilHydroBergenNorway

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