CSM Group March 2020

CSM Holds Annual Industrial Affiliates Meeting

The Center for Subsurface Modeling (CSM) at the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences has had a very productive year. The group is currently investigating several exciting research topics, many of which were presented at the recent annual Industrial Affiliates Meeting, on March 4-5, 2020. Presentations were made by CSM collaborators from IBM, Texas A&M University, University of Florida, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Leibniz Universität Hannover and the University of Texas at Austin.

Industrial affiliates from IBM, Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, DeepCast, and Gridpro attended the meeting to hear the talks on current projects at CSM.

Presentations were focused around two major research areas: accurate physics-based simulation for realistic porous media models, and formulation and implementation of efficient and accurate parallel multiscale and multiphysics algorithms.

The physics-based applications on the agenda included: CO2 storage and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) - including polymer and surfactant flooding, as well as foam for unconventionals; geomechanics: domain decomposition, elasticity, plasticity, phase field for hydraulic fracturing, and history matching and reservoir characterization.

In addition, the CSM physics software (computational flow and geomechanics) IPARS coupled with the IBM Bayesian Optimization software (BOA) was demonstrated for optimizing surfactants and foam for carbon storage.

Discretizations and solvers being investigated include: multigrid, multi-level multiscale preconditioners, multi-grid machine learning; a posteriori estimates for Biot systems; space time simulations for multiphase flow; enriched Galerkin and WENO schemes for transport and self-adaptive theta method time stepping.

Posted: March 16, 2020