Maya Kobchenko

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Visiting address Sem Sælandsvei 24 Fysikk bygningen 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1048 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Academic interests

In several geological systems fluids are produced inside rocks during chemical reactions or dehydration. For example during generation of oil and gas from their source rocks, hydrocarbons are expelled from low-permeability shales and migrate to higher permeability sandstone reservoirs. If the fluid flow cannot be accommodated by diffusion or Darcy flow through pores, the fluid generation can cause local pressure build-up and fracture the rock.  During this process a drainage fracture network is formed which provides fluid escape. With time, fractures open and close in chaotic or periodic manner depending on the crack network configuration, fluid production rate and rock properties.

To monitor this process I use X-ray micro-tomography at ESRF synchrotron ID19; analogue physical modeling and high-pressure autoclave experiments. 

Key words: X-ray micro-tomography imaging, digital rock analysis, experiments


  • 2013-->postdoc, physics
  • 2013    PhD, University of Oslo
  • 2009    MSc in mechanics and applied mathematics,  Saint-Petersburg State University
  • 2005    BSc in mathematics, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia 
  • 2001    BSc in physics, Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia



  • Panahi, Hamed; Kobchenko, Maya; Meakin, Paul; Dysthe, Dag Kristian & Renard, Francois (2019). Fluid expulsion and microfracturing during the pyrolysis of an organic rich shale. Fuel.  ISSN 0016-2361.  235, s 1- 16 . doi: 10.1016/j.fuel.2018.07.069 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Renard, Francois; McBeck, Jessica Ann; Cordonnier, Benoit; Zheng, Xiaojiao; Kandula, Neelima; Sanchez, Jesus Rodriguez; Kobchenko, Maya; Noiriel, Catherine; Zhu, Wenlu; Meakin, Paul; Fusseis, Florian & Dysthe, Dag Kristian (2019). Dynamic In Situ Three-Dimensional Imaging and Digital Volume Correlation Analysis to Quantify Strain Localization and Fracture Coalescence in Sandstone. Pure and Applied Geophysics.  ISSN 0033-4553.  176, s 1083- 1115 . doi: 10.1007/s00024-018-2003-x Full text in Research Archive.
  • McBeck, Jessica Ann; Kobchenko, Maya; Hall, Stephen; Tudisco, Erika; Cordonnier, Benoit; Meakin, Paul & Renard, Francois (2018). Investigating the Onset of Strain Localization Within Anisotropic Shale Using Digital Volume Correlation of Time-Resolved X-Ray Microtomography Images. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Solid Earth.  ISSN 2169-9313.  123(9), s 7509- 7528 . doi: 10.1029/2018JB015676 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Panahi, Hamed; Kobchenko, Maya; Meakin, Paul; Dysthe, Dag Kristian & Renard, Francois (2018). In-situ imaging of fracture development during maturation of an organic-rich shale: Effects of heating rate and confinement. Marine and Petroleum Geology.  ISSN 0264-8172.  95, s 314- 327 . doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2018.05.002 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Pluymakers, Anne Marie Henriette; Kobchenko, Maya & Renard, Francois Marie Paul L (2017). How microfracture roughness can be used to distinguish between exhumed cracks and in-situ flow paths in shales. Journal of Structural Geology.  ISSN 0191-8141.  94, s 87- 97 . doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2016.11.005 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Renard, Francois; Cordonnier, Benoit; Kobchenko, Maya; Kandula, Neelima; Weiss, Jérôme & Zhu, Wenlu (2017). Microscale characterization of rupture nucleation unravels precursors to faulting in rocks. Earth and Planetary Science Letters.  ISSN 0012-821X.  476, s 69- 78 . doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.08.002 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Hafver, Andreas; Jettestuen, Espen; Kobchenko, Maya; Dysthe, Dag Kristian; Meakin, Paul & Malthe-Sørenssen, Anders (2014). Classification of fracture patterns by heterogeneity and topology. Europhysics letters.  ISSN 0295-5075.  105(5) . doi: 10.1209/0295-5075/105/56004
  • Jamtveit, Bjørn; Krotkiewski, Marcin; Kobchenko, Maya; Renard, Francois Marie Paul L & Angheluta, Luiza (2014). Pore-space distribution and transport properties of an andesitic intrusion. Earth and Planetary Science Letters.  ISSN 0012-821X.  400, s 123- 129 . doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.05.042
  • Kobchenko, Maya; Hafver, Andreas; Jettestuen, Espen; Renard, Francois Marie Paul L; Galland, Olivier; Jamtveit, Bjørn; Meakin, Paul & Dysthe, Dag Kristian (2014). Evolution of a fracture network in an elastic medium with internal fluid generation and expulsion. Physical Review E. Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics.  ISSN 1539-3755.  90(5) . doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.90.052801
  • Kobchenko, Maya; Hafver, Andreas; Jettestuen, Espen; Galland, Olivier; Renard, Francois Marie Paul L; Meakin, Paul; Jamtveit, Bjørn & Dysthe, Dag Kristian (2013). Drainage fracture networks in elastic solids with internal fluid generation. Europhysics letters.  ISSN 0295-5075.  102(6) . doi: 10.1209/0295-5075/102/66002
  • Panahi, Hamed; Meakin, Paul; Renard, Francois Marie Paul L; Kobchenko, Maya; Scheibert, Julien; Mazzini, Adriano; Jamtveit, Bjørn; Malthe-Sørenssen, Anders & Dysthe, Dag Kristian (2013). A 4D Synchrotron X-Ray-Tomography Study of the Formation of Hydrocarbon-Migration Pathways in Heated Organic-Rich Shale. SPE Journal.  ISSN 1086-055X.  18(2), s 366- 377 . doi: 10.2118/162939-PA
  • Kobchenko, Maya; Panahi, Hamed; Renard, Francois Marie Paul L; Dysthe, Dag Kristian; Malthe-Sørenssen, Anders; Mazzini, Adriano; Scheibert, Julien; Jamtveit, Bjørn & Meakin, Paul (2011). 4D imaging of fracturing in organic-rich shales during heating. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Solid Earth.  ISSN 2169-9313.  116(12) . doi: 10.1029/2011JB008565
  • Jamtveit, Bjørn; Kobchenko, Maya; Austrheim, Håkon Olav; Malthe-Sørenssen, Anders; Røyne, Anja & Svensen, Henrik (2011). Porosity evolution and crystallization-driven fragmentation during weathering of andesite. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Solid Earth.  ISSN 2169-9313.  116 . doi: 10.1029/2011JB008649

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  • Dysthe, Dag Kristian; Kobchenko, Maya; Hafver, Andreas; Panahi, Hamed; Jamtveit, Bjørn & Renard, Francois Marie Paul L (2014). Temporal and spatial characteristics of drainage fracture networks in elastic media with internal fluid generation.
  • Kobchenko, Maya (2013). Fracturing of tight rocks during internal fluid production: implications for primary migration.

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