Simulation of the foamy oil flow during the solution gas drive production of heavy oils - Year two

Foamy oil behavior is a unique phenomenon associated with cold production of heavy crude oils. It is believed that the foaming mechanism has a significant impact on the abnormally high production rate of viscous crude oils observed in many heavy oil producing reservoirs through solution gas drive.
Due to the non-equilibrium nature of the foamy oil flow, the mathematical modeling of this process involves few challenges. The main non-equilibrium process exist between solution gas and free gas that leads to a significant supersaturation of dissolved gas in the oil phase.

Production of synthesis gas via Dry Reforming of Methane: Fundamentals and Applications

The aim of this proposed research is the development of an efficient technology to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) via Dry Reforming of Methane (DRM) to produce value-added products. DRM, one the promising CO2 utilization technologies, has gained much attention as not only it reduces greenhouse gases (GHG), but also converts them to a valuable product, syngas. There are two main knowledge gaps associated with DRM process, which hinders the industrial application: 1. Catalyst deactivation, and 2. The high energy requirement for the CO2 conversion reaction.

Building ecologically robust lakes for offsetting fisheries productivity

In order for Canadian industry to continue to meet the high demand for energy they must adhere to the social and environmental pressures to reclaim and restore the extraction sites to fully functioning ecosystems, and to offset environmental destruction when appropriate. Recent changes to Canada’s Fisheries Act in 2012, have enshrined offsetting strategies as a legislative means of compensating for the loss of commercial, recreational or Aboriginal (CRA) fisheries. In Alberta’s Oil Sands Region, the creation of new lakes (i.e.