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Petroleum Engineering

Vladimir Alvarado


Professor in Chemical Engineering

Email: | Phone: 307-766-6464

Office Location: Room 4055A, Engineering Building

Dept. 3295, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071


Vladimir Alvarado

Research Interests:
My research focuses on Enhanced-Oil Recovery (EOR) activities including screening methods for assisting decision-making on one hand. A combination of data mining and analytical simulation assists the creation of simplified decision spaces. Monitoring techniques for EOR operations such as time-lapse seismic and tracer tests are also of my interest. Uncertainty propagation and upscaling are two pillars of feasibility analysis for monitoring techniques. In recent years, I have 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.

Read more about Dr. Alvarado's current research here.
Read Dr. Alvarado's current curriculum vitae (CV).
See Dr. Alvarado's Google Scholar citations here.

Course(s) Taught:
CHE 5980, Dissertation Research
PETE 5980, Dissertation Research
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Petroleum Engineering

EN 4015

Dept. 3295

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071


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