Porous media, Surfactants, and Petrodollars

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

Porous media, Surfactants, and Petrodollars

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 9th February 2009
  • Speaker: Kevin Stratford (Formerly School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

I will provide and overview of some ongoing work, commisioned by Schlumberger Cambridge Research, to investigate the flow of oil/water/surfactant mixtures in porous media. To do this we have adapted our lattice Boltzmann code to address a number of relevant issues; I will describe how some of these are handled. The adjustment of wetting properties in the presence of surfactant is to be yet to be investigated. The presence of surfactants in the mixture may have an impact on how efficiently one can extract oil from rock operationally, and ultimately the number of petrodollars we get paid for this work.

This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..

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