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Center for Fundamentals of Subsurface Flow|School of Energy Resources

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Dr. Mohammad Piri
Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-3954
Center for Fundamentals of Subsurface Flow

Center for Fundamentals of Subsurface Flow

The Center for Fundamentals of Subsurface Flow (CFSF) advances scientific understanding of subsurface flows and develops the tools and knowledge necessary to predict its behavior - an essential component of both carbon recovery and storage. The results of the center's fundamental research, in the form of published experimental data and predictive modeling software, provide key insight into energy problems significant to the State of Wyoming, the nation and the world.

Because multiphase and multicomponent flow and transport phenomena are still poorly understood, there are limited strategies for both hydrocarbon extraction and geological storage of CO2. CFSF has the unique ability - thanks to University of Wyoming faculty expertise, research alliances, and private and public funding - to ensure present and future access to unconventional oil and gas reserves, as well as long-term storage of environmentally damaging fluids.

The results of CFSF activities are far-reaching: graduates of affiliated energy programs will use their knowledge to make improvements in a variety of settings, while the center in itself will be able to provide services and real-world applications for its ongoing, fundamental research. The center's current research, such as the principles behind use and sequestration of CO2 in enhanced oil recovery, is already being utilized by other research centers at UW and will be subject to broader field-scale testing and potential regulatory adoption.

News Releases


UW’s Piri Named Wyoming Excellence Chair in Petroleum Engineering

April 7, 2014 — A University of Wyoming professor who is an international leader in the study of the flow of fluid in porous media has been appointed to a prestigious endowed professorship at UW.

Hess Digital Rock Physics Lab Brings World-Class Focus to Oil and Gas Recovery

August 22, 2013 — More and more, oil and gas companies are faced with extracting precious minerals from unconventional reservoirs that are difficult and costly to access. They have an ally in Mohammad Piri, a University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources associate professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, who heads the Hess Digital Rock Physics Laboratory in UW’s new Energy Innovation Center.

UW’s Center for Fundamentals of Subsurface Flow to Host Third Workshop

April 10, 2012 — An academic from Brazil and an energy professional from France will headline a University of Wyoming workshop about CO2 sequestration and natural gas flow in the subsurface.

UW Leads in Energy Research with Micro Imaging Instrument

January 12, 2012 — With the installation of the most advanced high-resolution 3D X-ray microscope available, the University of Wyoming becomes the first university in the world to put this state-of-the-art tool in the hands of faculty and researchers to increase their understanding of underground reservoirs of oil and natural gas.

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