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The Benson Lab is a research group in the department of Energy Resources Engineering. We investigate fundamental characteristics of carbon dioxide storage in geologic formations as a means of climate change mitigation. Better understanding of the relative permeability of CO2 and brine is essential to this goal. Currently, our focus is to investigate the sensitivity of relative permeability to injection flow-rate and various fluid properties such as viscosity, pressure, temperature, and interfacial tension.


L. Zuo and S. Benson (2014), Process-dependent Residual Trapping of CO2 in Sandstone, Geophysical Research Letters, in press.DOI

B. Li et al. (2013), Influence of Capillary-Pressure Models on CO2 Solubility Trapping, Advances in Water Resources, in press.DOI

R. Pini and S. Benson (2013), Characterization and Scaling of Meso-scale Heterogeneities in Sandstones, Geophysical Research Letters, 40(15), 3903-3908.DOI

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