Definition - What does Petrophysics mean?

Petrophysics is the study of the properties of rock and a brief description about the interactions of liquids. It is mainly used in the hydrocarbon industry to study the behavior of different kinds of reservoirs. It also explains about the chemistry of pores of the subsurface and how they are connected. It helps in controlling the migration and accumulation of hydrocarbons. While explaining the chemical and physical properties, Petrophysics also explains many other related terms such as lithology, water saturation, density, permeability and porosity.

Petropedia explains Petrophysics

The key role of Petrophysics is to evaluate the rock properties by placing measurement tools in the bore hole. The study is useful to the people who work in the hydrocarbon industry and in water and mining industries. It is classified into three major parts namely, rock mechanical properties, ore quality and conventional Petrophysical properties. The properties provide complete description about the rock, for instance, they provide information about the size of the grains present, composition of the rock and the texture of the rock.

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