Multiscale simulation and upscaling

An upscaling-downscaling technique was developed in-house to speed up the modelling of flow and trasport in uncertain porous media,
Multiscale modelling of heat transfer in fractured systems,
Upscaling of transport propoerties from pore scale simulation.

CO2 Storage

The current research in this area include modelling of:
Convective dissolution using in-house developed codes,
Convective dissolution of CO2 coupled with geochemisty in collaboration with IMPRES,
Diffusion-enhanced hydrocarbon recovery from fractured porous media using Schlumberger ECLIPSE reservoir simulator,
CO2-enhanced geothermal heat recovery using Schlumberger ECLIPSE reservoir simulator.

Geothermal heat extraction

Our research in this area is geared towards incorporating uncertainty in heat extraction from subsurface geothermal sources.
The group has expertise is modelling heat flow in:
Hot sedimentary aquifers using Schlumberger ECLIPSE reservir simulator, as a collaboration between the group with Dr Hamid M. Nick at Denmark Technical University.
Fractured geothermal system using in-house developed codes.

Aquifer remediation

In-house code development for natural, surfactant-enhanced, and bio- remediation of NAPL and DNAPL in porous media supported by EP/R009678/1 Multiscale modelling of miscible interfaces: Application on surfactant-enhanced aquifer remediation. Publications from this research are listed here. Dr Morteza Aminnaji has been working on this project from 2018. The collaborators of this research include Prof Nadim K. Copty at Boğaziçi University, Turkey, and Dr Fabrice Golfier at University of Lorraine, France.

Contribution to the project Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF): QR Fund, Towards the first implementation of groundwater remediation using nanotechnology in Brazil – Delivering new policies and designing the first pilot-scale case study in collaboration with Dr Tannaz Pak at Teesside University (PI), Brazilian Centre for Research in Energy and Materials, University of Sao Paulo, Federal University of Parana, Polytechnic University of Turin, and Sao Paulo’s Environmental Agency. An agreement has been made to try a first ever pilot plan study of nano-remediation in a Brazilian site through a Czech company (Photon Water Technology).

Flow in multiple-porous materials

In-house code development (pore netwrok modelling) for flow of fluid in triple- and quadruple-porous systems including tight rocks (shale). Arash Rabbani has been working on this project for his PhD thesis and has published his work in TiPM.

Application of machine learning to characterize flow and transport

Combination of machine learning and numerical simulations to accelerate modelling of the fluid flow through interconnected network of the micro-structured materials. Arash Rabbani has been working on this project for his PhD thesis and has published his work in AdWR.

Chemical acidizing

In-house code development for modelling rock matrix acidizing:
Wormhole development under two-phase flow conditions.
Wormhole development under spatially correlated permeability.
The project was through a collaboration with Dr Majid Sedighi at the University of Manchester.