Peering into the pore space: using X-rays to see inside rock and understand fluid flow processes
|Dates:||4 October 2018|
|Times:||17:00 - 18:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Current University students|
|Speaker:||Professor Martin Blunt|
The AAPG seminar series continues with a talk from Professor Martin Blunt, Imperial College London.
The use of three-dimensional X-ray imaging has transformed our understanding of fluid flow processes
in porous rocks. This is important for many industrial applications, including CO2 storage, contaminant
transport, oil recovery and the exploitation of unconventional resources. The latest developments in
imaging and related modelling will be reviewed with a presentation of recent work at Imperial College on
wettability characterization, dynamic imaging and the characterization of multiphase flow. The scientific
emphasis will be on flow regimes: under what circumstances do we see different qualitative types of behaviour
as one phase displaces another in a porous medium. I will show how this is affected by pore structure, flow
rate and wettability, which then controls oil recovery, or CO2 storage security.
Professor Martin Blunt
Role: Professor of Petroleum Engineering
Organisation: Imperial College London
Biography: Martin Blunt joined Imperial College London in June 1999 as a Professor of Petroleum Engineering. He served as Head of the Department of Earth Science and Engineering from 2006-2011. Previous to this he was Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Stanford University in California. Before joining Stanford in 1992, he was a research reservoir engineer with BP in Sunbury-on-Thames. He holds MA and PhD (1988) degrees in theoretical physics from Cambridge University. Professor Blunt's research interests are in multiphase flow in porous media with applications to geological carbon storage, oil and gas recovery, and contaminant transport and clean-up in polluted aquifers. He performs experimental, theoretical and numerical research into many aspects of flow and transport in porous media.
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