Current and Recent Research Areas

  • Development of drift-flux models for multiphase flow in wells
  • Analysis and modeling of two and three phase wellbore flow experiments
  • Mechanistic modeling of multiphase flow in wells (Nick Petalas)
  • Calculation of well index for NCW’s in finite difference simulators; multi-block modeling of NCW’s; near-well upscaling in radial systems
  • Two phase upscaling in the near-well region
  • Real time optimization of smart well control
  • Optimization of NCW placement and operation; modeling of NCW’s with downhole inflow control devices
  • Development of highly efficient semi-analytical techniques for NCW modeling
  • Unstructured grid generation and upscaling
  • 3D structured grid generation and upscaling
  • Development of accurate upscaling techniques
  • Improved well modeling in simulators (Yuanlin Jiang)