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Published Papers, Presentations Showcase Petroleum Engineering

June 12, 2018
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Petroleum Engineering Department Head Brian Toelle addresses his Tight Gas Sands and Coalbed Methane class.

Several individuals from the Department of Petroleum Engineering have been recognized in recent weeks for their outstanding efforts in the field of research.

Tahmasebi Earns Journal Cover
Assistant Professor Pejman Tahmasebi received honors from a national journal for his work.

Tahmasebi’s paper, “Accurate modeling and evaluation of microstructures in complex materials,” was featured in Physical Review E, a journal published by the American Physical Society. The editors selected the paper to be displayed on the front page of the publication.

Saraji Hosts Symposium
Assistant Professor Soheil Saraji attended the 10th InterPore Annual Meeting and Jubilee in New Orleans on May 14-17. He organized and chaired a symposium titled, “Flow of Non-Newtonian and Complex Fluids Through Porous Media.” His co-chair was Department of Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Maysam Mousaviraad.

Petroleum engineering students also presented their research results at the event. Students in attendance and presentation titles included:
• Ying Yu, “Flow behavior of sheared foam in porous media: An experimental investigation on the effects of stabilizing agents and oil presence”
• Brayan Garcia, “A new approach for linear rheological characterization and modeling of viscoelastic surfactant systems under shear components in porous media”

Garcia also presented another part of his research project as a poster at the conference, which was titled, “A pore-scale study of viscoelastic surfactant flow through porous media.”

Toelle Authors Chapter
Interim Department Head and Professor of Practice Brian Toelle published a chapter in Geological Society of America Special Paper 531.

The co-author on the chapter was Yuriy Vladimirov Ganshin. The title of the book is “Paleozoic Stratigraphy and Resources of the Michigan Basin” and the title of Toelle’s chapter is “Porosity characterization in a Silurian reef, northern Michigan Basin, using azimuthal seismic data and potential impacts for enhanced oil recovery.”

In it, he explores detecting porosity and fractures in a reservoir using azimuthal seismic data.

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