Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Abstract-Discriminating the Mineralogical Composition in Drill Cuttings Based on Absorption Spectra in the Terahertz Range

Xinyang Miao, Hao Li, Rima Bao, Chengjing Feng, Hang Wu, Honglei Zhan, Yizhang Li, and Kun Zhao


Understanding the geological units of a reservoir is essential to the development and management of the resource. In this paper, drill cuttings from several depths from an oilfield were studied using terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). Cluster analysis (CA) and principal component analysis (PCA) were employed to classify and analyze the cuttings. The cuttings were clearly classified based on CA and PCA methods, and the results were in agreement with the lithology. Moreover, calcite and dolomite have stronger absorption of a THz pulse than any other minerals, based on an analysis of the PC1 scores. Quantitative analyses of minor minerals were also realized by building a series of linear and non-linear models between contents and PC2 scores. The results prove THz technology to be a promising means for determining reservoir lithology as well as other properties, which will be a significant supplementary method in oil fields.

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