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Hydraulically fractured reservoirs and optimising EOR processes


Project Description

Hydraulic fracturing is a method of producing hydrocarbons from shale reservoirs. Understanding the geomechanics of the reservoir is a key factor to predicting the fracture propagation and fluid flow in this type of rocks. Furthermore, coupling geomechanics and fluid flow is an area that requires further investigation.

In the proposed research project, predictions of the characteristics of fluid flow in hydraulically fractured reservoirs through coupling commercial and in-house simulators will be investigated. This can enable us to capture combined effects of geomechanics and flow through pores, natural and hydraulic fractures in reservoirs. Developing the model will assist us to have an insight on design of hybrid enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes and their optimisation to minimise the cost and increase the recovery factor.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in relevant Petroleum Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Reservoir Engineering, Geomechanics.

Essential background: Petroleum Engineering, Geosciences, Fluid Mechanics with knowledge of Petroleum Engineering, Multiphase Flow in Porous Media, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Programming.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr A Sharifi () with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ()

Funding Notes

This project is advertised in relation to the research areas of the discipline of Petroleum Engineering. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for Tuition fees, living expenses and maintenance. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting View Website. THERE IS NO FUNDING ATTACHED TO THIS PROJECT.

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