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.