Numerical modelling of capillary driven flow using OpenFOAM


Project Description

Work on running simulation of multi-phase capillary driven flow inchannelsof different geometries and wettability properties. Study numerically the effect of dynamic contact angle on capillary driven flow.
Program - Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering
Division - Physical Sciences and Engineering
Center Affiliation - Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center
Field of Study - ​Fluid dynamics modelling

About the

Tadeusz W. Patzek

Professor, Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering <br/>Director, Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center

Tadeusz W. Patzek
Professor Tad Patzek's research involves mathematical (analytic and numerical) modeling of earth systems with emphasis on multiphase fluid flow physics and rock mechanics. He also works on smart, process-based control of very large waterfloods in unconventional, low-permeability formations, and on the productivity and mechanics of hydrocarbon bearing shales.

Patzek has co-designed and evaluated 7 field pilots of various oil recovery processes from waterflood, to steam and steam foam injection. More recently, Patzek got involved in human-machine interactions and safety culture in the offshore environment.

In a broader context, Patzek works on the thermodynamics and ecology of human survival and energy supply schemes for humanity. He has participated in the global debate on energy supply schemes by giving hundreds of press interviews and appearing on the BBC, PBS, CBS, CNBC, ABC, NPR, etc., and giving invited lectures around the world.

Desired Project Deliverables

​Work on improving the accuracy/sharpness of the fluids interface using OpenFOAM multiphase flow solversIncorporate the dynamic contact angle into multiphase flow Benchmark the numerical simulation against available analytical solutions and experimental data Write complete report, provide documented code/input files to OpenFOAM, present results on group seminar.​​