A Sensitivity Study of the Effect of Image Resolution on Predicted Petrophysical Properties

Nayef Al Yafei, Ali Qaseminejad Raeini, Adriana Paluszny, Martin J. Blunt

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Micro-CT scanning is a nondestructive technique that can provide three-dimensional images of rock pore structure at a resolution of a few microns. We compute petrophysical properties on three-dimensional images of benchmark rocks: two sandstones (Berea and Doddington) and two limestones (Estaillades and Ketton). We take scans at a voxel size of approximately 2.7 μm and with 10243 voxels for both sandstone and limestone rocks. We numerically upscale the images to image sizes of 5123,2563 and 1283, representing voxel sizes of around 5.4, 10.8, and 21.6 μm respectively, covering the same domains with coarser resolution. We calculate porosity and permeability on these images by using direct simulation and by extracting geometrical equivalent networks. We find that the predicted porosity is fairly insensitive to resolution for sandstones studied with the selected range of resolutions but sensitive for limestones with lower porosity for larger voxel sizes. For the permeability predictions, we do not observe a clear trend in permeability as a function of voxel size; however, sandstones, roughly, have comparable permeability regardless of the voxel size. On the other hand, for limestones, we generally see a decreasing trend in permeability as a function of upscaled voxel size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-169
Number of pages13
JournalTransport in Porous Media
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes



  • Image resolution
  • Micro-CT
  • Petrophysics
  • Pore-scale modeling
  • Upscaling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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