CoreFlow services can be applied to all reservoir types including carbonates, sandstones, and shale. Beginning with whole core, experts perform whole-core dual-energy computed tomography (CT) scanning to examine core cross sections as close together as 0.5 mm along the length of the entire core. The next level is digital core microCT imaging and analysis that unites digital and physical data using one distinct sample size. At the nanometer level, scanning electron microscope (SEM) imaging provides 2D and 3D images.
For total rock and fluid analysis, a DHD digital hydrodynamics simulator is used. This is the major game-changer in core flow analysis. The simulation is a combination of both digital rock and digital fluid based on laboratory measurements of fluid properties. Such parameters as capillary pressure and relative permeability can be determined for any specific reservoir. Simulations can be combined with lab measurements of the properties to obtain better answers faster. With digital hydrodynamics analyses, it may be possible to solve the residual hydrocarbon paradox using simulation, eliminating failed trials and costly errors.