Experimental Investigation of Reduced Residual Oil as a Result of Viscoelastic Polymer Floods

Matt Balhoff

An extension of our work in computational fluid dynamics, this new project involves microfluidic and coreflood experiments to better understand the reduction of residual oil.

Microfluidics are an attractive option because they can be used to approximate the geometry of pores in reservoir rocks, and cameras can be used to visualize flow and the mobilization of trapped oil. The microfluidic devices are of converging/diverging geometry and/or include dead end pores with trapped oil. Macroscale, coreflood experiments are also being performed by varying conditions not investigated by other authors.

MS/PhD student: Pengpeng Qi
MS student: Dan Ehrenfried
Undergraduate Researcher: Youssef El-Kady

Experimental Investigation of Reduced Residual Oil as a Result of Viscoelastic Polymer Floods