Heavy Oil Modeling

  • Date: 10/07/2010

Dr. Zhangxing Chen


NSERC/AERI/Foundation CMG Chair and iCORE Chair
Director, Schlumberger iCenter for Simulation & Visualization
Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering,

University of Calgary


Calgary Place Tower (Shell)


Mathematical models have widely been used to predict, understand, and optimize complex physical processes in modeling and simulation of multiphase fluid flow in petroleum reservoirs. These models are important for understanding the fate and transport of chemical species and heat. With this understanding the models are then applied to the needs of the petroleum industry to design enhanced oil recovery strategies.


While mathematical modeling has been successful in the recovery of conventional oil, it is still in the early stage of heavy oil modeling. As conventional oil reserves dwindle and oil prices rise, heavy oil is now the center stage. Enhanced heavy oil recovery methods are an intensive research area in the oil industry, and have recently generated a battery of recovery methods in what is the largest growing sector of this industry, such as steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) and cyclic steam stimulation (CSS). However, the environmental impacts of these processes and the use of a high volume of water and natural gas suggest that extensive research is required for economic and environmentally friendly development of heavy oil reserves. This presentation will give an overview on current research in heavy oil modeling, and the presenter will also describe his current research program at the University of Calgary.




Calgary Place Tower 1 (330 5th Avenue SW), Room 1118


Sign-up Deadline: Monday, October 4th, 2010

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The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences is grateful for the support of Shell Canada Limited, Alberta Advanced Education and Technology, and the University of Calgary for
their support of this series of lectures.