Effect of Pore Surface Wettability on Mineral Scaling, a μFluidic approach
Investigation of the nucleation and growth mechanisms of sparingly soluble salts within pores or on grain surfaces of rock, granular formations or other porous material
Multiphase flow processes taking place during Enhanced Oil recovery (EOR), CO2 or gas storage, geothermal energy production and utilization, membrane filtration processes etc. are usually accompanied by undesirable phenomena of scaling due to the nucleation and growth mechanisms of sparingly soluble salts in pores or on rock surfaces or other used porous material involved. There are cases in which controlled precipitation of sparingly soluble salts is desired, as in waterproofing of underground structures (e.g. tunnels), prevention of soil erosion using consolidation, stabilization of unconsolidated rocks to avoid or to minimize…
The research work focuses on obtaining information concerning fundamental mechanisms taking place during salt precipitation in porous media. This is of high interest for a wide variety of applications.