Enhanced Oil Recovery

Enhanced Oil Recovery increases ultimate oil recovery from already-producing fields by injection of fluids not normally present in oil reservoirs: chemicals, gases, or heat.  Research in our Section includes chemical EOR including polymers and surfactants, thermal methods, and sweep efficiency in gas injection, with a particular focus on foam for improved sweep efficiency in gas injection. We pursue these topics with both modeling and experimental research. The following links to staff web pages provide additional information:

  • Rossen: Foam & sweep efficiency in gas flooding
  • Zitha: Chemical EOR, CO2 injection & foam
  • Van Kruijsdijk: Pore-scale and nanoscale processes
  • Voskov: Simulation of EOR processes
  • Bruining: Thermal methods
  • Farajzadeh: Physics of porous media flow