Visualization of Oil Displacement Patterns in Micromodels


Project Description

The goal of the project is to test and establish procedures for saturation and flow visualization in custom-made micromodels.
Program - Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering
Division - Physical Sciences and Engineering
Center Affiliation - Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center
Field of Study - ​Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering

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

​Participate in micromodel fabricationMake significant contribution to micromodel initialization protocol  Explore available micromodel visualization approaches Write a complete report Present results on a group seminar​