A new technique for obtaining water-oil capillary pressure curves, based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging of the saturation distribution in flooded cores is presented. In this technique, a steady-state fluid saturation profile is developed by flooding the core at a constant flow rate. At the steady-state situation where the saturation distribution no longer changes, the local pressure difference between the wetting and nonwetting phases represents the capillary pressure. The saturation profile is measured using an NMR technique and for a drainage case, the pressure in the nonwetting phase is calculated numerically. This paper presents the NMR technique and the procedure for calculating the pressure distribution in the sample. Inhomogeneous samples produce irregular saturation profiles, which may be interpreted in terms of variation in permeability, porosity, and capillary pressure. Capillary pressure curves for North Sea chalk obtained by the new technique show good agreement with capillary pressure curves obtained by traditional techniques.
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