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Graduate Seminar: Dr. Faruk Civan


Monday, February 03, 2014


03:00pm - 04:00pm


CPE 2.208


Dr. Faruk Civan, Professor in the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, will give a talk entitled "Key Issues, Critical Advancements, and Improved Modeling of Hydrocarbons Recovery from Shale Reservoirs" as part of the Claude R. Hocott Graduate Seminar Series.


Rigorous shale reservoir analysis, relevant pore geometry and physics of fluids, proper formulation of fluid transport, and manipulation of existing simulators are discussed. Importance of adsorbed-layer, fluid-behavior modification, and non-Darcy behavior is described for transport of fluids through extremely-low permeability shale sediments, acting both as source and storage of oil and gas. Deviations from Darcian flow under low and high pressure conditions; effects of hydraulic, formation, and completion damages; pore-throat pressure pulsation, pore-surface capture and mobilization of emulsified bubbles in water and droplets in gas; non-equilibrium phase relaxation; stress-sensitivity to drawdown and incomplete capillary fluid entrapment of natural fractures; hybrid-relative permeability and non-equilibrium capillary pressure; kerogen distribution and connectivity; upscaling organic/inorganic heterogeneity by single and dual media treatments with commercial simulators are explained. Nano-Darcy transport is modeled by series of low and high-permeability capillary tubes, leakytanks, and continuum approaches, and illustrated for core and crushed-shale permeability determination and hydraulically-fractured wells.


FARUK CIVAN is the Martin G. Miller Chair Professor in theMewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the Univ. of Oklahoma. He formerly held the Brian and Sandra O’Brien Presidential and Alumni Chair Professorships. Previously, he worked at the Technical Univ. of Istanbul, Turkey. His principal research interests include fossil and sustainable energy resources development; carbon sequestration; unconventional gas and condensate reservoirs; reservoir and well/pipeline hydraulics and flow assurance; oil and gas processing, transportation, and storage; multiphase transport phenomena in porous media; environmental pollution assessment, prevention, and control; and mathematical modeling and simulation. He is the author of two books: Porous Media Transport Phenomena (John Wiley & Sons, 2011), and Reservoir Formation Damage: Fundamentals, Modeling, Assessment, and Mitigation (Elsevier, 2007). He has published more than 330 technical articles in journals, edited books, handbooks, encyclopedia, and conference proceedings, and presented worldwide more than 125 invited seminars and/or lectures at various technical meetings, companies, and universities. He holds an advanced degree of engineering from the Technical Univ. of Istanbul, Turkey, an MS from the Univ. of Texas at Austin, and a PhD from the Univ. of Oklahoma, all in chemical engineering. He is a member of AIChE and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and a member of the editorial boards of several journals. He has served on numerous AIChE and SPE technical committees. Civan has received 20 honors and awards, including five distinguished lectureship awards and the 2003 SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty.