Capillary Pressure

Capillary pressure is a force due to differentials between fluid densities in a rock that can force pull hydrocarbon through the pores of a rock so a transition zone between fluids occurs.

Let’s make it simple. If we put a small tube in water overlaid by oil, water will rise up into the tube due to capillary pressure (Pc). For this situation, the capillary pressure (Pc) is the difference in pressure across the curved interface between the fluids (oil and water) shown in Figure 1.


Figure 1 – Capillary Diagram Continue reading