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New Experimental Techniques and Modeling Methods for the Study of Flow in Porous Media from the Nanometer to the Centimeter

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Course Credit: 0.15 CEU, 1.5 PDH

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.

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  • 1New Experimental Techniques and Modeling Methods for the Study of Flow in Porous Media from the Nanometer to the Centimeter - Chapter 1
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Credits

Earn credits by completing this course0.15 CEU credit1.5 PDH credits

Speakers

Benoit Noetinger
Dr. Martin Blunt
Dr. Yucel Akkutlu
Ram Ratnakar