Emerging Advances in Petrophysics: Porous Media Characterization and Modeling of Multiphase Flow

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Jianchao Cai, Shuyu Sun, Ali Habibi, Zhien Zhang
MDPI, Apr 18, 2019 - Science - 258 pages

Due to the influence of pore-throat size distribution, pore connectivity, and microscale fractures, the transport, distribution, and residual saturation of fluids in porous media are difficult to characterize. Petrophysical methods in natural porous media have attracted great attention in a variety of fields, especially in the oil and gas industry. A wide range of research studies have been conducted on the characterization of porous media covers and multiphase flow therein. Reliable approaches for characterizing microstructure and multiphase flow in porous media are crucial in many fields, including the characterization of residual water or oil in hydrocarbon reservoirs and the long-term storage of supercritical CO2 in geological formations. This book gathers together 15 recent works to emphasize fundamental innovations in the field and novel applications of petrophysics in unconventional reservoirs, including experimental studies, numerical modeling (fractal approach), and multiphase flow modeling/simulations. The relevant stakeholders of this book are authorities and service companies working in the petroleum, subsurface water resources, air and water pollution, environmental, and biomaterial sectors. 


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Jianchao Cai received his B.Sc in Physics from Henan Normal University in 2005 and his MSc and Ph.D in Condensed Matter Physics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2007 and 2010, respectively. He joined the Institute of Geophysics and Geomatics at the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) in 2010. From July 2013 to July 2014, he acted as a Visiting Scholar at University of Tennessee-Knoxville, USA. He currently is Professor of Geological Resources and Geological Engineering (since 2015). Meanwhile, he is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Geo-Energy Research and serves as Associate Editor for some international journals. Dr. Cai focuses on petrophysical characterization and micro-transport phenomena in porous media, and fractal theory as well as its application. He has published more than 100 peer-refereed journal articles and numerous book chapters. 

Shuyu Sun is currently the Principal Investigator of the Computational Transport Phenomena Laboratory (CTPL) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and a Co-Director of the Center for Subsurface Imaging and Fluid Modeling consortium (CSIM) at KAUST. He is a founding faculty member jointly appointed by the program of Earth Sciences and Engineering (ErSE) and the program of Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (AMCS) at KAUST since 2009. He also holds a number of adjunct faculty positions across the world, including Adjunct Professorship in Xi’an Jiao Tong University, Adjunct Professorship in China University of Petroleum at Beijing, Adjunct Professorship in China University of Petroleum at Qingdao, and Adjunct Professorship in China University of Geosciences at Wuhan. Before joining KAUST, Dr. Sun served as an (tenure-tracked) Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University in the United States. Professor Sun’s research includes the modeling and simulation of flow and reactive transport in porous media from molecular scales, pore scales to Darcy scales, as well as the numerical analysis of relevant algorithms. Professor Sun has published 300+ articles or book chapters, including 190+ refereed journal articles and numerous conference papers and technical reports. 

Ali Habibi is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. His primary research interests include understanding rock-fluid interactions in tight rocks, evaluating the wetting affinity of tight rocks using DLVO theory, investigating the application of EOR techniques in tight oil formations, and investigating the application of nanotechnology in the formation damage reduction. Habibi has authored or coauthored more than 25 peer-reviewed and conference papers, and two book chapters. Habibi holds a BS degree from the University of Tehran in chemical engineering, and an MS degree from the University of Tehran and a PhD degree from the University of Alberta, both in petroleum engineering. 

Zhien Zhang is currently a postdoctoral researcher in William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Ohio State University. His research interests include advanced processes and materials (i.e., membranes) for CO2 capture, CCUS processes, gas separation, and gas hydrates. Dr Zhang has published 65+ journal papers and 10+ editorials in the high-impact journals, e.g., Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. He has authored two ‘’hot papers” (top 0.1%) and six ‘’highly cited papers” (top 1%). He is an Editor or Guest Editor for several international journals, e.g., Applied Energy, Fuel, and Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, and he is also a visiting Professor at University of Cincinnati.

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