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ERE Seminar: Olufemi Olorode (LSU) | "Multiscale Modeling of Coupled Physical Processes..."

Monday, Oct 25, 2021 12:15 PM
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ERE Seminar: Olufemi Olorode (LSU) | "Multiscale Modeling of Coupled Physical P…
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Energy Resources Engineering

Olufemi Olorode| Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering, Louisiana State Univeristy

"Multiscale Modeling of Coupled Physical Processes in Tight Rocks"

Unconventional oil and gas (UOG) reservoirs are known to be multiscale in nature, with pores ranging from ~2 nm up to millimeters in propped hydraulic fractures. This wide pore-size distribution poses a challenge because the continuum fluid assumptions are not applicable below ~10 nm. Although molecular simulations are appropriate at the nanoscale, they are computationally expensive and are limited in length and time scales. This talk will discuss the application of the heterogeneous multiscale method to upscale the molecular simulations of excess adsorption in nanopores. I will show how we iteratively couple pEDFM with XFEM to model hydraulic fracture propagation and flow in naturally fractured reservoirs. Our ongoing work on the coupling of multiscale XFEM with multiscale pEDFM will be discussed. This presentation will end with a discussion of the experimental setup to validate multiscale modeling results using 3D-printed cores with designed multiscale fractures.


  • Akkutlu, S. Baek, O. M. Olorode, P. Wei, Z. Tongyi, and A. Shuang, "Shale Resource Assessment in Presence of Nanopore Confinement," presented at the SPE/AAPG/SEG Unconventional Resources Technology Conference, Austin, Texas, USA, 2017/7/24/, 2017.
  • Olorode, O., Wang, B., and Rashid, H.U, 2020. Three-Dimensional Projection-Based Embedded Discrete-Fracture Model for Compositional Simulation of Fractured Reservoirs. SPE J.
  • M. Olorode, I. Y. Akkutlu, and Y. Efendiev, "Compositional Reservoir-Flow Simulation for Organic-Rich Gas Shale," SPE-182667-PA, vol. 22, no. 06, pp. 1963-1983, 2017/12/1/ 2017, doi: 10.2118/182667-PA.
  • Ţene, M., Bosma, S.B., Al Kobaisi, M.S., Hajibeygi, H., 2017. Projection-based embedded discrete fracture model (pEDFM). Adv. Water Resour. 105, 205–216.
  • Weinan, Principles of multiscale modeling. Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Olufemi Olorode is an Assistant Professor in the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU). He has four years of experience in the oil and gas industry as a reservoir engineer at Afren Resources and has been in LSU since 2018. He specializes in unconventional resource modeling, fracture modeling, machine learning, and production forecasting for conventional and unconventional resources. He has authored several publications in the area of numerical modeling of unconventional oil and gas reservoirs. Dr. Olorode received the SPE Journal Outstanding Technical Editor Award in 2018 and serves as a technical reviewer for over five journals, including SPE Journal, JPSE, Energy & Fuels, IEEE TRGS, among others. He holds master's and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.

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