Modelling of Properties of Rocks Saturated With Heavy Oil

Rock physics for heavy oil is different from rock physics for conventional fluids because its viscoelastic rheology makes Gassmann theory and all its extensions inapplicable in principle. We aim to develop an approximate methodology for fluid substitution in heavy-oil reservoirs. The methodology is based on one particular equivalent-medium approach known as coherent potential approximation (CPA).

Researcher(s):
Prof. Boris Gurevich (B.Gurevich@curtin.edu.au)