Application of Advanced Numerical Simulations in Development of Unconventional Reservoirs

Mathematical modeling is a powerful tool to understand fluid flow mechanisms, well performance and future resources recovery in petroleum industry. Better and more powerful tool can lead to better reservoir management and more oil production with less cost and less environmental impact. This project, collaborating with Saskatchewan Research Council, aims to improve the current mathematical modeling tools in three different aspects: fluid flow in tight formation with multiple stage horizontal well hydraulic fracturing, two-phase fluid flow in tight oil formations and two-phase fluid flow in heavy oil reservoirs. Heavy oil and unconventional oil and gas resources are major petroleum resources in Canada. The research results will have strong impact on Canadian’s petroleum industry and bring new business for Saskatchewan Research Council.

Faculty Supervisor:

Fanhua Zeng


Qiushi Zhang


Saskatchewan Research Council


Engineering - other


Oil and gas




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