High Performance Magnetic Sensors And Sensing Tools for Subsurface Energy Applications - Emphasis on Oil &Gas

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Abstract: The goal of the proposed research is to develop the state-of-the-art solid state magnetic field sensors using the latest technology, called MgO-based magnetic tunneling junctions. These high-performance magnetic sensors will be characterized by unprecedented sensitivity, low power consumption, high temperature operation, high frequency response, and miniaturized physical size. Through collaborative efforts, a complete magnetic sensor development platform will be created at KAUST that has the potential to transform oil & gas field exploration, drilling and production, including the identification of fractured wells.

Technology: Use of magnetic tunneling junctions (MJTs) sensors that offer high performance, unprecedented sensitivity (10-100x), low power consumption, high frequence response, and miniaturized physical size.

Significance:

  • Reduced magnetic sensor design time and cost and high throughput design iteration. 
  • MJT fabrication quality, uniformity, and calibration for extreme oil and gas exploration, production and quality assurance and quality control.
  • Offers a range of industrial applications: electronics, automotive, and medical imaging.

Impact: Modernization of oil and gas field exploration operations, improvement in drilling and production decision analysis.

Investigator Roles
Expertize in magnetics, magnetic sensor development, and microelectronics fabrication
Modeling wellbore cement & fracture response to low frequency magnetic pulses or spin wave travel times
New magnet sensor design and fabrication
Test new MTJ sensor responses of wellbore cement and propped fractures
KPIs
Publications: 19
Conferences: Unknown.
Patent Disclosure: 5 + 2 in preparation
Patent Granted: 0
Licenses: 0
Start-Up: 1 (under Taqadam)
Other Notable Outputs/Impacts: None.