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Petroleum Engineering Research Facilities

High Bay Research Facility

High Bay Facility-Center of Innovation for Flow Through Porous Media

The University of Wyoming's High Bay Research Facility (UW HBRF) contains approximately 90,000 square feet of traditional and high-bay research laboratories, offices and meeting areas. The goal of this facility is to provide sufficient space, capacity and state-of-the-art equipment to grow various niche areas of research being conducted at the University of Wyoming. The facility has been designed to be easily reconfigurable, modular and expanded as different research areas grow or dissemble over time. The Center of Innovation for Flow Through Porous Media conducts critical research in oil and gas. Wyoming’s economy is largely based on natural resource extraction, so energy research to be conducted in the High Bay has direct implications for the future of the state and its citizens.

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Energy Innovation Center Laboratories


Peabody Energy Advanced Coal Technology

Peabody Lab

Located on the first floor of the EIC, the Peabody Energy Advanced Coal Technology Laboratory will be used primarily to analyze and research coal conversion technologies. The conversion of low-value fossil resources into higher-value products — or advanced conversion — is a key component of SER’s strategic plan. This lab will support research in the conversion of natural gas and coal into various manufactured products and liquid fuels.

WPX Drilling Simulator

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Located on the second floor of the EIC, the 1,296-square-foot WPX Drilling Simulator teaching lab provides students and educators with a fully visualized and interactive simulation experience of drilling rigs.  The system allows instructors and trainees to explore, test, and interact with an extensive array of drilling rig components.  The lab is used for petroleum engineering and geoscience courses and provides students and industry personnel the opportunity to obtain professional well control certifications.  Equipped with 20 software licenses, the lab is capable of simulating countless drilling rig components and scenarios.

Lab for Enhanced Oil Recovery

Chemical Flooding Lab

The Chemical Methods Unit sponsored by The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) helps to fulfill the mission of the Institute through research and service activities by using traditional and new Enhanced-Oil Recovery (EOR) chemical methods. Alkaline-Surfactant-Polymer (ASP) serves as the paradigm for Chemical Methods.

Surface Science Lab

The Surface Science Lab aims at investigating colloids and interfaces of interest in petroleum engineering, with special emphasis on enhanced oil recovery relevant interfacial behavior.

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Vladimir Alvarado's Lab for Enhanced Oil Recovery

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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