Direct Applicability to Industry:
Costs of accessing coal at a greater depth is too costly to mine. An alternative method of utilizing the coal stores is desirable for industry.
Nature of Problem:
In situ combustion is complex and requires a multidisciplinary effort. An understanding of the evolution of geomechanical and hydraulic transport properties of clay shales under high temperature is critical.
Financial and Environmental Impact:
The economic benefits of accessing massive stores of Alberta coal are substantial. Potential reservoir-geomechanical impacts to bounding seal systems and any subsequent environmental impacts must be assessed.
Lead PI: Rick Chalaturnyk
Students: Hossein Akbarzadeh