Project title: Pore scale simulation of multiphase flow in an evolving pore scale
Project manager: Jan Ludvig Vinningland (IRIS)
Objective: To use numerical models in real pore space geometries to investigate the effect of the evolving pore space on permeability, relative permeability and trapped oil. To estimate variations in the predicted values depending on the sample size.
Project title: Improved oil recovery molecular processes
Project manager: Roar Skartlien (IFE)
Objective: To understand the physical mechanisms behind the migration of polymers away from mineral walls and to use this knowledge to make changes in the effective viscosity used at a pore scale and on the Darcy scale.
Project title: Micro-scale simulation of polymer solutions
Project manager: Espen Jettestuen (IRIS)
Objective: To implement a full lattice Boltzmann polymer solver in the BADChIMP code. To study effective rheology in real rock samples in single-phase and multi-phase environments. To study processes for the mobilization of the remaining oil due to the additional forces exerted by the polymer.
Project title: Description of the rheological properties of complex fluids based on the kinetic theory (Postdoc project)
Project manager: Per Amund Amundsen (UiS)
Objective: To construct working mathematical and physical models that allow for the description and prediction of the rheological properties of complex fluids in different circumstances.
Project title: Experimental investigation of fluid chemistry effect on adhesive properties of calcite grains (PhD project)
Project manager(s): Anja Røyne (UiO), Aksel Hiorth (UiS/IRIS) and Shaghayegh Javadi (UiS)
Objective: The object of this project is to study the adhesion force between two calcite grains in contact with a reactive fluid by developing a measurement method using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM).
Project title: Simulation of complex non-Newtonian flow
Project manager: Bjarte Hetland
- Develop a pore scale simulation tool that is capable of simulating flow of non-Newtonian fluids in complex geometries, including micro channels – taking the tensor nature of these fluids into account.
- Determine if and when the non-Newtonian effects are important for displacement of oil.
- Calibrate the model against known analytical and experimental results.