Doctoral Dissertations


"Founded by Department Of Energy, the Plains CO₂ Reduction (PCOR) Partnership is investigating the Williston Basin as a candidate for sequestering CO₂ emissions from power plants. The State of Missouri, a member of PCOR, lies at the outermost point on the proposed transportation route and consequently faces the highest CO₂ compression and transportation costs. In order to minimize the cost of CO₂ sequestration, it is desirable to find a storage site within the state. The Lamotte sandstone is identified as a suitable sequestration aquifer formation in Missouri with acceptable permeability, porosity, extension, rock strength and water salinity. Using the finite element analysis package ABAQUS for the geomechanical analysis and the fluid flow simulator Eclipse for pore pressure determination, this work looks at pore pressure - stress coupling which has significant implications for failure mechanism, fault reactivation and caprock integrity. The present work also suggests the use of Pressure Transient Analysis (PTA) to quantify the lateral fluid flow boundary type and differentiating between open, closed and infinite systems. The present work also suggests a new boundary condition, Semi-Open, which is a transitional lateral boundary condition between Fully Open and Closed boundary conditions. Results of the present work provide a coupling module that can be used to conduct coupled geomechanical analysis for CO₂ sequestration projects, facilitate the building of 3D mechanical earth models and provide insight into the role of boundary conditions with respect to CO₂ storage capacity. The coupling procedure is utilized to evaluate CO₂ storage potential and assess the geomechanical risks for CO₂ sequestration in a candidate storage site in the North-Eastern part of the state of Missouri for sustainable CO₂ sequestration"--Abstract, page iv.


Eckert, Andreas
Nygaard, Runar

Committee Member(s)

Bai, Baojun
Dunn-Norman, Shari
Yoshioka, Keita


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Petroleum Engineering


National Energy Technology Laboratory (U.S.)


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2013

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • An Explicit Partial Coupling Approach for Simulating CO₂ Sequestration
  • Role of Geometrical Influences of CO₂ Sequestration in Anticlines
  • Fluid Flow Boundary Conditions: The Need for Pressure Transient Analysis for CO₂ Sequestration Studies
  • Geomechanical Risk Assessment for CO₂ Sequestration in a Candidate Storage Site in Missouri


xvi, 156 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 144-154).

Geographic Coverage

Williston Basin (Mo.)
Lamotte Sandstone (Mo.)


© 2013 Amin Amirlatifi, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Subject Headings

Geological carbon sequestration -- Missouri
Carbon sequestration -- Computer simulation
Sandstone -- Missouri -- Testing

Thesis Number

T 10381

Electronic OCLC #