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1006 Kingshighway, Rolla, MO 65409  - Phone:  (573) 341-4365  - Fax: (573) 341-4368  - Email:  rockmech@mst.edu

The Rock Mechanics & Explosives Research Center (RMERC), founded in 1964, provides research leadership in a broad range of scientific and engineering fields with emphasis on activities centered on or related to the mineral resource lease. 

The Center serves the mining and petroleum industries, the nuclear industry, geological science and engineering and the related wider industrial manufacturing community. 

A particular emphasis is to foster innovative and responsive research in rock physics and all fields of science and engineering that deal with rock, including energy production, mining, geology, geophysics, nuclear and related fields.

 Our current research is focused on three areas: 

 

Upcoming Events

Friday Graduate Gathering
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Rock Mechanics Facility
1006 Kingshighway

October 17, 2014 
Author:  Alsaba, Mortadha T. PhD student of Dr. Nygaard
 

Title:    Laboratory Evaluation of Sealing Wide Fractures Using Conventional Lost Circulation Materials

 Abstract:   To prevent or mitigate fluid losses, caused by the presence of natural fractures, is a major challenge operator’s face when drilling exploratory wells in the Barents Sea. Natural fractures widths vary significantly which makes it difficult to design treatments using conventional lost circulation materials (LCM’s). Different solutions have been used to overcome this problem, such as chemical sealants, hydratable LCM’s pills, rigid-plugs and cement. This study intends to expand the usage of conventional LCM’s in sealing wide fractures.

 

 

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