Physical Properties of Rocks Handbook of Petroleum Exploration and Production
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Physical Properties of Rocks Handbook of Petroleum Exploration and Production

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Physical Properties of Rocks Contents

  • Rocks-Their Classification and General Properties 
  • Pore Space Properties 
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance- Petrophysical Properties 
  • Density 
  • Nuclear/Radioactive Properties 
  • Elastic Properties 
  • Geomechanical Properties
  • Electrical Properties 
  • Thermal Properties 
  • Magnetic Properties 
  • Relationships Between Some Petrophysical Properties 

Preface to Physical Properties of Rocks Petroleum Exploration and Production

Petrophysics, beginning with Archie’s historical yet evergreen equations, has a key function in all applications of geosciences, petroleum engineering, and related technologies. It helps us with understanding the processes and controlling properties and creates relationships between:

parameters we can measure as the output of the dramatic progress in exploration techniques; 

properties we need for reservoir characterization (hydrocarbons, water, minerals, geothermal energy), but also stability of formations and constructions.

Therefore, there is an increasing interest to understand and manage these relationships. Petrophysics is complex and multidisciplinary.

For the highly sophisticated techniques like seismic investigations, nuclear magnetic resonance measurements, and spectral methods, excellent textbooks are available.

Practical applications and techniques are described in manuals and chartbooks. Thus, in front of this highly sophisticated, specialized, and detailed world of petrophysical books and literature, my wish is to give a comprehensive presentation of fundamentals from my point of view.

To define these topics and contents, I had the valuable help of a long experience working at universities and teaching courses for the industry with colleagues.

As a student, I had a book about “Theoretical Physics” (by Georg Joos) with the preface, “This book should not be a lift carrying the reader without energy on the tops of science.

It should be only a simple mountain guide, leading on an elevation, which gives the view on the top of the mountains and acts as a “base camp” for reaching these tops.”

I have learned to understand this fundamental function of a “base camp” as a location to prepare and to train and to find motivation for the next levels from the real-life experiences of our son Peter when he voyages high on the fascinating summits of mountains in our world.

Over the course of my professional life, I’ve had the happiness to work on the fascinating subject of “rocks,” and as always, as well as with this book,

I have the wish to transform and share a little bit this fascination of studying rocks, to show the pleasure we get from the investigation of the natural rock and its beauty:

“To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wildflower, held infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour ...”


I wish to express my deepest gratitude to all my friends, colleagues, and students for their indispensable help, for sharing ideas, and for giving me the motivation to complete this work.

I would like to give special thanks to Erika Guerra for editing the manuscript and for her time and patience spent dealing with my text, the figures, references, and all the details.

Many thanks, Erika, you have been more than a “technical writer,” you gave me the foundation for a proper test (that is ... I hope so). Over the course of my professional life, I have had the honor and pleasure to work with and to learn from many wonderful people, and to share a common enthusiasm.

However, there are too many to name here, and with great regret, I can only share a few acknowledgments at this moment.

My colleagues and dear friends, Daniel Georgi and Allen Gilchrist, for their long cooperation in teaching petrophysics, as well as in research, and for giving me valuable comments and help ... especially for the NMR and nuclear section.

But most of all, our long cooperation gave me the motivation to try this experiment of writing the fundamentals of our discipline. Frank Bo¨rner, one of my first students, and now my friend and colleague, contributed valuable insight and ideas for electrical properties.

The opportunity to teach at universities, particularly Bergakademie Freiberg/Germany, Montanuniversita¨t Leoben, Technical University Graz/ Austria, and at the Colorado School of Mines/Golden, laid the foundation for fruitful teamwork with students—their response to a book like this is of substantial importance.

Some of them have followed the “petrophysics way” and helped me mainly with experimental data—one of the rarest components in our science.

Nina Gegenhuber made measurements of elastic and thermal properties and I could use these, many thanks.

I could expand teaching beyond the university to training courses for the industry—a completely new and valuable experience with the important responsibility of the practice and the fruitful sharing of knowledge and problem analyses.

I thank Baker Atlas (Houston) and HOT-Engineering (Leoben) for placing the fundamentals of petrophysics as an integral component of geosciences in their programs and for supporting this work.

I was able to acquire much practical experience in my job with Joanneum Research (Graz/Leoben). I would like to give thanks to various companies and organizations for giving me permission to use their valuable materials—particularly Baker Atlas/ Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, AGU, AAPG, EAGE, SEG, SPE, and SPWLA.

Thanks to the staff at Elsevier, in particular Linda Versteeg, Derek Coleman, and Mohana Natarajan, for their constructive cooperation.

Writing a book requires a creative environment and people who can motivate you, focus your energy, and refresh your patience from time to time.

My wife, Monika, has done a perfect job in the background and has motivated me many times. Many thanks now we are ready.

Also, our son, Peter, was and is such an energizing factor his energy and discipline to work for an idea frequently gave me confirmation that we need to use the time we have to do valuable things.

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