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ERE Seminar: Malgorzata Peszynska, Oregon State University — Modeling Methane Hydrate across the Scales

Date and Time: 
November 27, 2017 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Location: 
Room 104, Green Earth Sciences Building, 367 Panama Street, Stanford
Contact Email: 
<p>erutherford@stanford.edu</p>
Contact Phone: 
6507236849
Event Sponsor: 
Energy Resources Engineering


Modeling Methane Hydrate across the Scales

Malgorzata Peszynska
Professor and Graduate Chair, Department of Mathematics
Oregon State University


Methane hydrate is an ice-like substance abundantly present in deep ocean sediments and in the Arctic. Geoscientists recognize the tremendous importance of gas hydrate in the global carbon cycle and climate change, while reservoir engineers evaluate its potential as a possible energy source. For computational science the modeling of hydrate formation and evolution presents challenges and exciting opportunities, since models have to handle multiple fluid and solid phases, phase transitions, multiple components, and scales, in a context frequently dissimilar from hydrocarbon reservoirs. In the talk we will provide an overview of the challenges as well as present our recent work on phase field models for hydrates.