With the cutting-edge devices, we focus on reactive flow-through experiments, measurements of rock petrophysical properties (such as porosity, permeability, saturation, relative permeability) and thermal properties (such as thermal conductivity, diffusivity, and heat capacity), and seismic attenuation and elastic moduli of rock samples.
The reactive flow-through system built by Sanchez Technologies consists of a tri-axial core-holder, a double-pump coated with hastelloy, two single pumps coated with stainless steel, and a heating unit. This system works with up to 1000 bar and 200 °C. This is sufficient to study physical and chemical processes occurring in CO2 geological sequestration, enhanced geothermal system and hydrothermal circulations.
This lab equipped with a laminar flow system that maintains an ISO5 cleanroom standard. The lab will soon be equipped with Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Particle Tracking Velocimetry (PTV), and Laser-induced Fluorescence (LIF) with focus on fluid flow and transport through a porous and/or fractured medium.