Nano-mechanical Properties

  • Mehdi Ostadhassan
  • Kouqi Liu
  • Chunxiao Li
  • Seyedalireza Khatibi
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Petroleum Geoscience & Engineering book series (BRIEFSPGE)


With the development of production from shale oil and shale gas in North America during the last decade, more studies are being conducted in order to improve our knowledge of the shale characteristics. In this chapter, we talk about mechanical properties of shale samples in micro- and nano-scale. Nanoindentation and Atomic Force Microscopy were newly used advanced techniques in petroleum engineering to investigate the mechanical properties of shales. X-ray diffraction and energy diffusive spectroscopy were used to study the mineral compositions. Based on nanoindentation experiments, elastic modulus and hardness can be extracted from the force-displacement curve. AFM Peakforce quantitively nanomechanical mode is a relatively new mode which can produce maps of surface height and DMT modulus at the same time. In this chapter, we report the application of these two techniques on shale samples taken from Bakken Formation in Williston Basin, North Dakota.


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  • Mehdi Ostadhassan
    • 1
  • Kouqi Liu
    • 1
  • Chunxiao Li
    • 1
  • Seyedalireza Khatibi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Petroleum EngineeringUniversity of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA

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