Vladimir Alvarado's Lab for Enhanced-Oil Recovery
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Associate Professor and Associate Department Head of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Room 4030, Engineering Building
University of Wyoming
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Dr. Alvarado's research focuses on Enhanced-Oil Recovery (EOR) activities including screening methods for assisting decision-making on one hand. Other interests of Dr. Alvarado's research include a combination of data mining and analytical simulation to assist the creation of simplified decision spaces and monitoring techniques for EOR operations such as time-lapse seismic and tracer tests. Uncertainty propogation and upscaling are two pillars of feasibility analysis for monitoring techniques.
In recent years, Dr. Alvarado has been involved with experimental and modeling initiatives to investigate flow of dispersions (emulsions) through porous media. Observation of flow phenomena (jamming, drop breakup, etc.) in glass pore-throat models helps to formulate single-pore models as well as network models for these flows in porous media. While current simulation models do not account for some important phenomenology, planned modeling strategies, such as Lattice-Boltzmann techniques, will hopefully handle several of the most important events at the pore scale. This research focuses on understanding the flow mechanisms for the development of EOR and well-conformance strategies based on dispersions. The ultimate objective of this research is to create robust reservoir simulation models for dispersion flows.