SPE Online Education
New Experimental Techniques and Modeling Methods for the Study of Flow in Porous Media from the Nanometer to the Centimeter
Includes a Live Event on 05/19/2022 at 11:00 AM (EDT)
Flow in Porous Media in the Energy Transition:
The webinar shows how innovations in non-destructive micron-resolution three-dimensional reservoir-condition X-ray imaging with associated analysis and modelling methods have transformed our understanding of flow in porous media. The speaker talks about traditional oil and gas applications but will also emphasize how the same techniques can be applied to the energy transition, and specifically to study multiphase flow in porous materials for carbon dioxide and hydrogen storage, as well as electrochemical devices.
Dr. Blunt shows how imaging can be used to enhance traditional core flood studies through providing insight into displacement processes. An overview of the technology is presented with a perspective to the future. Emphasis is placed on using fundamental insights to interpret and design a variety of porous media processes, as opposed to simply characterizing flow properties. Specifically, Dr. Blunt shows how to design the pore structure and wettability to ensure either efficient trapping (retention of one phase) or flow (allowing two phases to flow through the porous material over a wide saturation range). He demonstrates how, in mixed-wet media, which are ubiquitous in natural and engineered settings, fluid-fluid interfaces have radii of curvature with opposite signs in orthogonal directions. This gives the interfaces a negative Gaussian curvature and good connectivity, which is valuable in several important displacement processes.
Benoit Noetinger talks about up-scaling issues related to Energy transition oriented applications of flow in porous media.
This webinar is categorized under the Reservoir technical discipline.
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Dr. Martin Blunt
Over the last ten years, Dr. Martin Blunt and his research team have pioneered the use of Xray micro-tomography to image rocks and fluid displacement within them. Displacement processes at reservoir conditions of high temperature and pressure can be imaged at micron spatial resolution over time periods of an hour to a few seconds, using a combination of laboratory and synchrotron-based instruments.
Dr. Blunt is Professor of Flow in Porous Media at Imperial College London, which he joined in 1999. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2019. Before he joined Imperial, he was an Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Stanford University in California. Before joining Stanford in 1992, he was a research reservoir engineer with BP in Sunbury-on-Thames. He holds MA and PhD (1988) degrees in theoretical physics from Cambridge University. Professor Blunt's research interests are in multiphase flow in porous media with applications to geological carbon storage, oil and gas recovery, and contaminant transport and clean-up in polluted aquifers. He performs experimental, theoretical and numerical research into many aspects of flow and transport in porous systems, including pore-scale modelling of displacement processes, and large-scale simulation using streamline-based methods.
Benoît Noetinger graduated from the École Polytechnique in Paris, and holds a thesis at UPMC (now Sorbonne University) in liquid state physics, the work of which was carried out at the PMMH laboratory of ESPCI. He supported an HDR at UPMC in 2000.
He joined IFPEN in 1989, to work on the development of up-scaling techniques allowing to carry out large-scale simulations of flows in porous media by using detailed information as well as possible, that are more and more numerous because of the improvement of acquisition techniques.
Benoît has taken responsibility for various research projects involving industrial partners (PETROBRAS, TOTAL, Gaz de France), while co-supervising thesis projects allowing him to stay in close contact with academic teams. He also developed original techniques from statistical physics to model flows in fractured media.
Benoît was advisor of 8 PhD students and teaches in engineering schools such as Centralesupelec, les Mines de Paris, IFP School, UPPA. He taught at university of Wyoming. He is invited visiting scientist at USTC Hefei, China. He is member of scientific committees of conferences such as NTERPORE international conference on Porous media.
He authored 7 patents and 70 peer-reviewed articles. He evaluated grant applications ANR, he carried out laboratory evaluations HCERES. He is member of the editorial committee of CR Géosciences, published by French Académie des Sciences. He is chief editor of STET review, an open access without APC WoS journal devoted to energy transition supported by CEA and IFPEN.
Dr. Ram Ratnakar
Dr. Ram R. Ratnakar is a Subject Matter Expert of thermodynamics/PVT and a Sr. Researcher in R&D - Mathematics and Computation discipline in Shell International Exploration & Production Inc., Houston, Texas. He is serving as Editor-in-chief of Upstream Oil & Gas Technology Journal, Editorial advisor of J. of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, and a member of few SPE’s advisory committees: Reservoir Technical Discipline (RAC), Data Science and Engineering Analytics (DSEA), and Geothermal Energy (GE). He received his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Houston, Texas, USA. He has served as technical reviewer of various prestigious peer review journals, authored more than 50 technical articles, and contributed significantly to the areas of multiscale modeling, reactive-transport, PVT and new energy technologies such as hydrogen, dense energy careers, carbon capture and utilization, and electrification.
Dr. Yucel Akkutlu (Moderator)
Dr. Yucel Akkutlu is petroleum engineering professor and William Keeler faculty fellow at Texas A&M University. He is the holder of the John Edgar Holt ’27 Chair in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering. His research focuses on reactive flow in porous media with applications into characterization and exploitation of unconventional oil and gas resources. He received the Society of Petroleum Engineers International Lester C. Uren Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Technology of Petroleum Engineering in 2020 and received 2015 AIME Rossiter W. Raymond memorial award for research. He was the executive editor of the SPE Journal 2013-2016. He was an SPE distinguished lecturer 2014-15.
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