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Pore scale investigation of geophysical properties in unsaturated porous medium

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, November 29, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Pore scale modelling method has been used extensively in evaluation of single phase petrophysical properties (e.g. porosity, permeability, and electrical resistivity) and multiphase flow properties (e.g., capillary pressure and relative permeability curves) of porous media (Roslin, et al., 2019; Zhou, et al., 2013; 2015). The application of pore scale modelling in evaluating geophysical properties (e.g., elastic wave propagation and thermal conductivity) is primary limited in dry/saturated porous media. The development of the advanced direct pores scale imaging facilities and modelling tool kits make it possible to identity the detailed multiphase fluid configurations in complex porous media (Blunt, et al., 2013). While the dependency of geophysical properties on the detailed fluid configuration is still lack of proper investigation. The objective of this PhD project is to conduct pore scale modelling of geophysical properties in unsaturated porous media.

The successful candidate should have, or expect to achieve, an Honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Petroleum Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Applied Mathematics, or other relevant degree.

Essential background and Knowledge: Computational fluid mechanics, Porous media, Geophysics, Programming skills.

The other supervisor on the project is Dr Jianhui Yang, GRC, TOTAL.


• Apply for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State the name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘School Funded’ as the 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)
• Two Academic References (we will not be contacting referees)
• Detailed CV

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

The closing date is 12 noon on 29 November 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered nor will applications received after the closing date.

If a suitable candidate is found before the closing date the position will be removed from advert.

The start date of the project is to be agreed with the supervisor.

Funding Notes

Tuition fees and stipend will be paid at UK/EU rates. International candidates can apply if they can meet the difference between UK/EU and International Tuition fees from their own resources. The difference between UK/EU and International Tuition fees for 2019/2020 is £15,680 per annum. The maintenance stipend will be £15,009 per annum.


Blunt, M. J., Bijeljic, B., Dong, H., Gharbi, O., Iglauer, S., Mostaghimi,P., Paluszny, A., & Pentland, C. (2013). Pore-scale imaging and modelling. Advances in Water Resources, 51, 197- 216.

Roslin, A., Pokrajac, D. and Zhou, Y., 2019. Cleat structure analysis and permeability simulation of coal samples based on micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) and scan electron microscopy (SEM) technology, Fuel, 254, 15, 115579.

Wang, Z., Wang, R., Weger, R. J., Li, T and Wang, F., (2015). Pore-scale modeling of elastic wave propagation in carbonate rocks, GEOPHYSICS 80: D51-D63.

Yang, J. and Boek, E., A comparison study of multi-component Lattice Boltzmann models for flow in porous media applications, Computers & Mathematics with Applications 65 (6), 882-890.

Zhou, Y., Helland, J. O., & Hatzignatiou, D. G. (2015). Computation of Three-Phase Capillary Pressure Curves and Fluid Configurations at Mixed-Wet Conditions in 2D Rock Images. SPE Journal. doi:10.2118/170883-PA.

Zhou Y, Helland J, & Hatzignatiou DG, (2013), A Dimensionless Capillary Pressure Function for Imbibition Derived From Pore-Scale Modeling in Mixed-Wet-Rock Images, SPE Journal, Vol: 18, Pages: 296-308, ISSN: 1086-055X.

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