Simulation-guided engineering of fluids in the complex subsurface

Monday 28 November 6.00pm-7.00pm (refreshments from 5.30pm)
Malaysian Theatre, Basement – Melbourne School of Design
The University of Melbourne

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Already a world leader in mineral exploration and mining, Australia is increasingly extracting unconventional hydrocarbon resources including coal seam gas. To offset greenhouse gas emissions, Australia simultaneously fosters research and field demonstration projects on carbon geo-sequestration. These combined developments imply future subsurface engineering activities on an unprecedented scale. Yet their environmental impact and sustainability already are focal point of public debate.

In this lecture, Professor Stephan Matthai will examine how computer-simulation based research and insights from complex systems science can help to assess the performance and environmental impact of subsurface engineering projects so that potential side effects can be eliminated prior to project implementation. More physical realism and a different approach to simulation are prerequisites for achieving this objective, as will be illustrated with hydrocarbon recovery from structurally challenging reservoirs and carbon dioxide injection management.