Modeling of Salt Solubility Dissolution in Water flooding of Petroleum Reservoirs

In the current years, widespread research on crude oil, brine, and rock structures has recognized that the conformation of the inserted water can cause modification in wetting properties of the reservoir during a water flood in a favourable way to increase oil recovery.

The Mechanism behind is not well understood, and there are several qualitative model proposed. In this project it will include:

  • Complete literature study of the proposed model
  • Explore mathematical tools and quantitative computational model , from the literature which can be useful in this work
  • Try to study the Multiple Ionic reactions between the different anions, cations { brine solution}, rock system and oil composition
  • Propose suitable brine for the core flood and participate in experiments
  • Give mathematical explanation of the results in the core flood experiments

The project also includes an industrial exposure on computational aspect that would provide an option and experience to connect the chemical model with the geo-technical modelling. There are several oil companies working on this project, and it can be done in anyone of these industries.

This PhD project is a part of the EUDP project: Smart water - Advanced water flooding of Danish oil and gas reservoirs

Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Kaj Thomsen:

Co-supervisor: Ass. Prof. Philip Loldrup Fosbøl,