From Properties to Processes
The chemo-mechanical interactions of fluids within porous rocks and geomaterials raise numerous societal concerns as well as engineering challenges. Probing and predicting rock-fluid interactions is essential for overseeing fluid and waste disposal, stimulating reservoirs, and preserving geomaterials from sites of archaeological and cultural heritage. The focus of our research program at SRPL is to understand the rock physics response to coupled rock-fluid-mediated processes. Our research spans a range of problems and applications, going from studying the geophysical response of reservoirs being produced, understanding the chemical processes that may undermine or enhance the phyiscal and mechanical properties of geomaterials, to characterizing the properties of ancient materials and artifacts.