Current Projects

Advanced Reactive Chemistry Modeling for Reservoir Flow and Transport

The local equilibrium assumption is a well-known simplification to describe instantaneous processes, with widely different time scales when compared to flow time scales. In this proposed work, we employ this assumption for modeling both volumetric and surface processes. This work … Continue reading

An Improved 3D Polymer Model


This research aims to develop a three-dimensional, shear-thinning, non-Newtonian flow model to simulate field scale polymer flooding as a tertiary oil recovery mechanism. The viscosities are calculated based upon direction dependent shear-rates. This provides an accurate representation of the non-Newtonian … Continue reading

BIGDATA: Collaborative Research: IA: F: Fractured Subsurface Characterization Using High Performance Computing & Guided by Big Data (Funded by NSF)

Natural fractures act as major heterogeneity in the subsurface that control flow and transport of subsurface fluids and chemical species. Their importance cannot be underestimated, because their transmissivity may result in undesired migration during geologic sequestration of CO2, they strongly … Continue reading

Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security

(funded by DOE) Currently mankind extracts most of the fuel for the global economy from underground. The byproducts of consuming this fuel enter the atmosphere or remain on the surface. This situation is no longer tenable. A critical step toward … Continue reading

Collaborative Research: Error Estimation, Data Assimilation and Uncertainty Quantification for Multiphysics and Multiscale Processes in Geological Media

(funded by NSF) The application of high performance computing to model subsurface processes occurring over multiple spatial and temporal scales is a science grand challenge that has important implications to society at large. Research on this grand challenge is at … Continue reading

Computational Models for Evaluating Long Term CO2 Storage in Saline Aquifers

(funded by NSF and KAUST through the Academic Excellence Alliance Program) Geologic sequestration is a proven means of permanent CO2 greenhouse gas storage, but it is difficult to design and manage such efforts. Predictive computational simulation may be the only … Continue reading

Detection and Quantification of Injected Gas Conformance and Breakthrough from Temperature and Pressure Measurements in Deepwater Wells during Gas EOR

Early detection of gas conformance in desired reservoir zones as well as its breakthrough from producing wells is critical for successful implementation of gas EOR projects. The installation of temperature and pressure sensors in deepwater wells are underway as they … Continue reading

Ensemble-based Uncertainty Quantification Method for Fractured Reservoirs

Omar Al-Hinai, Jing Ping, Mary F. Wheeler Reservoir production management and optimization requires the characterization of the uncertainty in reservoir description. For fractured reservoirs, the connectivity of fracture distributions is crucial for predicting production characteristics. In this case, since the … Continue reading

Homogenization for Upscaling Reservoir Flow and Transport

Upscaling reservoir properties is pivotal for reducing uncertainty during parameter estimation and history matching. Further the computational cost is also lowered due to a reduced number of degrees of freedom. Upscaling single-phase flow entails estimating coarse scale, effective permeability from … Continue reading

Model selection for reservoir characterization in CO2 sequestration

The ideal reservoir characterization is achieved from a closed-loop system that integrates geological modeling, upscaling/downscaling, reservoir simulation, history matching, and production forecasts associated with unbiased uncertainty quantification. The initial step of reservoir characterization is to identify reservoir models from all … Continue reading

Modeling Phase Behavior and Reactive Flow Occurring during Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes

The modeling of geochemical reactions is critical for managing production from reservoirs as they occur in all stages of production from an oil and gas field. Primary production from shale gas fields is modeled as adsorption reactions. Geochemical reactions also … Continue reading

Multiscale Modeling and Simulation of Multiphase Flow Coupled with Geomechanics

 (funded by DOE) This project develops algorithms that will enable scientists and engineers to readily model complex flow processes in porous media taking into account the accompanying deformations of the porous solids. Fluid motion and solid deformation are inherently coupled, … Continue reading

NETL: Development of Geomechanical Screening Tools to Identify Risk: An Experimental and Modeling Approach for Secure CO2 Storage

(funded by DOE) Carbon dioxide is a reservoir pore fluid of much interest because of applications to enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and more recently because of the pressing needs for carbon dioxide geological storage as an option to reduce CO2 … Continue reading

Phase Field Fracture Propagation Model

The design and evaluation of hydraulic fracturing jobs is critical for efficient production from shale oil and gas fields. The efficiency of a fracturing job depends on the interaction between hydraulic (induced) and naturally occurring discrete fractures. A rigorous fracture … Continue reading

Simulation of the Cranfield CO2 Injection Site with a Drucker-Prager Plasticity Model

Coupled fluid flow and geomechanics simulations have strongly supported CO2 injection planning and operations. Linear elasticity has been the popular material model in CO2 simulation for addressing rock solid material behaviors. On the other hand, nonlinear constitutive models can take … Continue reading

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