The group has over 20 years experience in the sedimentology and diagenetic development of mudstones and shales in many locations worldwide.
Microfacies and sedimentological analysis of mudstones were first pioneered at the University of Manchester. We also have expertise in the sequence stratigraphic analysis of mudstone-dominated successions.
Within SEAES we have access to world-class analytical facilities including environmental SEM, electron microprobe, TEM, quantitative XRD, FT-IR and Raman spectroscopy. These facilities enable us to integrate both sedimentological and diagenetic research.
The group has extensive experience in the fields of fracture development and permeability measurement at reservoir conditions.
The ability to measure and analyse elastic (seismic) properties in shales over a wide range of pressures including reservoir conditions. We also have the ability to measure gas and fluid permeabilities down to the very low permeability ranges noted in shale gas reservoirs.
Additionally, we can hydrofracture samples under controlled effective pressures, and make measurements of failure stresses and frictional properties under a wide range of temperature, confining pressure and pore fluid pressure conditions. Finally, we have expertise in field scale fracture/fault characterization.
Both facilities have a wide range of resolutions (10s to 1000s of nanometres) and in combination enable the group to assess both phase contrast and high flux imaging at the 50 to 1000 nanometre scale in real-time.