CLAY MINERALOGY & its application to the oil industry
The three-day course is very much a practical hands-on course designed to make the information about clays as easily digestible as possible via a mix of lecture and practical sessions.
The main elements in the course are as follows:
Clays and Clay Minerals: what are they and why are they important; Structure of Clay Minerals; Chemistry of clay Minerals: Key methods of clay mineral analysis -X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Infrared spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy. Measurement and Analysis of XRD patterns; Quantitative Analysis of clay minerals by XRD; Geology of clays their occurrence and origin; Physical nature of clays; Clay mineralogy reservoir quality and shale instability.
In terms of what delegates will learn:
• A comprehensive understanding of the structure and chemistry of commonly occurring clay minerals
• An appreciation of the way in which the properties and behaviour of clays are influenced by their
structural and chemical nature
• Knowledge of basic geology and how clays occur and form in the various rock types in the stratigraphic column
• The ways in which the various clay minerals interact with water, salt solutions and organic
compounds, both in the lab and in the field
• The types of clay minerals that occur in shales, the problems which these minerals can cause during
drilling operations and possible remediative measures that can be taken, based on an understanding of the shale mineralogy
• The clay mineralogy of reservoir rocks and the problems that these minerals can give rise to during
the production process
• Quantitative analysis of clay materials by X-ray diffraction, emphasising the importance of sample
preparation and good technique
• Use of infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy in further characterising clay materials
The cost for the three day course is £1500 ex VAT per person and will include both lectures and laboratory practical sessions. Delegate must arrange their own accommodation although a list of local hotels and Guest Houses can be supplied.
Places are limited; if you are interested in attending, and to book a place on the course, please contact me by 11 February 2013.
Please note the course requires a minimum of six registered delegates to run and will be confirmed on or before the 22 February 2012.
The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Tel: +44 (0) 1224 395072 (direct)
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