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Research Thesis Topic

Selective Wellbore Coatings to Control Damage in Coal Seam Gas Wells


Topic ID
301

Thesis Topic/Title
Selective Wellbore Coatings to Control Damage in Coal Seam Gas Wells

Description

This project aims to develop a completely new approach to control solids production in coal seam gas wellbores using a selective phase-inversion polymer coating. The approach will take advantage of the low permeability of mudrocks to form a protective barrier across clay-rich layers while remaining permeable across the gas-producing coal seams. The production of fine solids is a key technical issue affecting the productivity of coal seam gas wells in Queensland, and leads to 10-15 days’ production downtime a year. The expected outcomes of the project include fundamental understanding of the solids breakage phenomena, a predictive tool to classify potential solids risks in coal seam gas wells, and a novel rock-selective wellbore coating technology to control solids production. The potential economic impacts from the project are lower gas production costs and improved gas supply security.


Principal Supervisor

Associate Supervisors

Research Affiliations
  • Centre for Future Materials

Field of Research
  • Materials Engineering

Available Academic Programs

Application Open Date
01/01/2018

Application Close Date
13/12/2020

USQ Scholarship Applications

Other Scholarship Funding Details
ARC LP

Pre-approved for Ethics
Not Applicable

Admission Requirements

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