Project title: Adding more physics, chemistry and geological realism into the reservoir simulator
Project manager: Robert Klöfkorn
Objective: The main objective of this project is to provide modeling methodology and simulation capabilities for IOR. This includes the following research topics: Field scale simulation of «modified water» injection, representation of brine-dependent behaviour in terms of mathematical models, transferring lab-scale mechanisms to field scale, field scale simulation of fracture systems, including imbibition effects controlled by water-rock chemistry on field scale and implementing the results of the above in the Open Porous Media (OPM) framework.
Project title: Advanced Numerical Methods for Compositional Flow Applied to Field Scale Reservoir Models (PhD project)
Project manager: Robert Klöfkorn (IRIS)
Objective: The main objective of this project is to investigate and establish higher order numerical methods for modeling IEOR processes in reservoir simulation tools. Prototype implementations will be provided within the Open Porous Media (OPM) project and a compositional flow module for the black oil flow simulator in OPM will be provided. The key elements will be: Higher order approximations, including thermal effects, with appropriate coupling to the flow simulator. Inclusion of field scale «smart water» simulation where thermal effects cannot be neglected. The PhD project consists of three main parts: studying and implementing higher order schemes, coupling the scheme with the black oil flow model and field-scale study. All of the activities will be carried out under the OPM code base.
Project title: CO2 Foam EOR Field Pilots (PhD project)
Project manager: Arne Graue (UiB)
Objective: The project aims to understand large-scale CO2 mobility control using foam from onshore field pilots based in the USA. The primary objective of the project is to develop CO2 foam mobility control technology for EOR and aquifer storage on the NCS. As a secondary objective, improved modeling of CO2 foam processes will be established by upscaling the results from laboratory scale to reservoir scale based on the pilot results.
Project title: Upscaling of chemo-mechanical compaction to field scale models
Project manager: To be decided
Objective: This is a Postdoc project is linked to both Theme 1 and Theme 2. The project will integrate lab and field research, and moreover contribute to upscaling of lab-results into full field simulation tools.
The main objectives of the project are:
- To investigate different coupling strategies for the flow and mechanics solvers
- To construct appropriate constitutive models that incorporate the effect of chemical processes on mechanical rock properties in connection with the «full system» (i.e. poro-chemo-mechanical)simulations
- To explore the possibility of using the full system simulations to construct simplified but sufficiently accurate phenomenological models that relate localized chemo-mechanical effects to fluid pressure.