Zuleima T. Karpyn

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Zuleima T. Karpyn

Associate Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Quentin E. and Louise L. Wood Faculty Fellow in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

151 Hosler Building

814-863-2273

Biographical Sketch: 

Zuleima T. Karpyn is an associate professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Her teaching and research interests are reservoir characterization and multiphase transport phenomena in porous media, including applications in reservoir engineering, underground hydrology, and environmental remediation. She holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Universidad Central de Venezuela, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in petroleum and natural gas engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Karpyn is a recipient of the 2005 Penn State Wilson Research Initiation Grant, 2008 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award granted by the National Science Foundation, and the 2010 Penn State Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is also Associate Editor for the Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, and an active member of the Society of Core Analysts and the American Geophysical Union.

Educational Background: 

Ph.D. (Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering), The Pennsylvania State University, 2005

M.S. (Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering), The Pennsylvania State University, 2001

B.S. (Chemical Engineering), Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1997

Research Interests: 
  • Multi-phase flow in porous media
  • Capillary-driven flow
  • Unconventional reservoirs
  • Solid/liquid interfaces and wettability
  • X-ray Computed Tomography and image processing techniques
Active Research Projects: 

Recent and Current Research Projects

  • “Experimental investigation of conditions affecting wellbore integrity due to chemical reaction using X-ray micro-CT imaging”, National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy.
  • "Modified invasion percolation models for multiphase processes”, U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Science/Geophysical Research Program.
  • “Experimental investigation of carbon dioxide trapping due to capillary retention in saline aquifers”, George H. Deike, Jr. Research Grant, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
  • “A study of predominant flow mechanisms and parameters controlling contaminant migration in fractured heterogeneous rocks”, Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, National Science Foundation.
  • "Quantification of well productivity hindrance due to hydraulic fracturing shut-in time in tight sands and shale formations", Chevron Energy Technology.
  • "Advanced Carbon Sequestration Numerical Simulator Designed for Field Applications", National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy.
  • "Unconventional resource characterization partnership", Chevron Energy Technology.
  • “Geologic sequestration of CO2 in the Rock Springs Uplift (Southwest Wyoming): experimentation and modeling of CO2/brine relative permeability, hysteresis, permanent capillary trapping and salt precipitation”, Clean Coal Technologies Research Program, School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming.
Selected Publications: 
  1. Landry, C. J., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ayala, O., 2014. “Relative permeability of homogeneous-wet and mix-wet porous media as determined by pore-scale Lattice Boltzmann modeling”. Water Resources Research, in press.
  2. Landry, C. J., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ayala, O., 2014. “Pore-scale lattice Boltzmann modeling and 4D x-ray computed microtomography imaging of fracture-matrix fluid transfer”. Transport in Porous Media, in press.
  3. Odumabo, S., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ayala, L.F., 2014. “Investigation of gas flow hindrance due to fracturing fluid leak off in low permeability formations”. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 17(3): 1-12. DOI:10.1016/j.jngse.2013.12.002
  4. Dutta, R., Lee, C.-H., Odumabo, S., Ye, P., Walker, S.C., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ayala, L.F., 2014. "Experimental investigation of fracturing-fluid migration due to spontaneous imbibition in fractured low-permeability sands”. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, 17(1): 74-81. DOI:10.2118/154939-PA
  5. Celauro, J.G., Torrealba, V.A., Karpyn, Z.T., Klise, K.A., and McKenna, S.A., 2014. “Pore-scale multiphase flow experiments in bead packs of variable wettability”. Geofluids, 14(1): 95-105. DOI: 10.1111/gfl.12045
  6. Brunet, J.-P., Li, L., Karpyn, Z.T., Kutchko, B.G., Strazisar, B., and Bromhal, G., 2013. “Dynamic evolution of cement composition and transport properties under conditions relevant to geological carbon sequestration”. Energy and Fuels, 27(8): 4208-4220. DOI: 10.1021/ef302023v
  7. Larpudomlert, R., Torrealba, V., Karpyn, Z.T., and Halleck, P.M., 2013. “Experimental investigation of residual saturation in mixed-wet porous media using a pore-scale approach”. Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, September: 1-13. DOI 10.1007/s13202-013-0076-8
  8. Cao, P., Karpyn, Z.T., and Li, L., 2013. “Dynamic changes in wellbore cement integrity due to geochemical reactions in CO2-rich environments”. Water Resources Research, 49(6): 1-11. DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20340
  9. Lee, C.-H. and Karpyn, Z.T., 2012. “Numerical analysis of imbibition front evolution in fractured sandstone under capillary dominated conditions”. Transport in Porous Media, 94(1): 359-383. DOI: 10.1007/s11242-012-0009-x.
  10. Thararoop, P., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ertekin, T., 2012. “Development of a multi-mechanistic, dual-porosity, dual-permeability, numerical flow model for coalbed methane reservoirs”. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, 8(1): 121-131. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2012.01.004.
  11. Landry, C. and Karpyn, Z.T., 2012. “Single-phase lattice Boltzmann simulations of pore-scale flow in fractured permeable media”. International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, 5(2/3): 182-206. DOI: 10.1504/IJOGCT.2012.046320.
  12. Thararoop, P., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ertekin, T., 2012. “Numerical studies on the effects of water presence in the coal matrix and coal shrinkage and swelling phenomena on CO2-enhanced coalbed methane recovery process”. International Journal of Oil, Gas, and Coal Technology, 5(1): 47-65.
  13. Nago, A., Karpyn, Z.T., and Ayala, L. F., 2011. "Multivariate production optimization of a natural gas field". International Journal of Modeling and Simulation, 31(3): 185-193. DOI: 10.2316/Journal.205.2011.3.205-5381.
  14. Landry, C., Karpyn, Z.T., and Piri, M., 2011. “Pore-scale analysis of trapped immiscible fluid structures and fluid interfacial areas in oil-wet and water-wet bead packs”. Geofluids, 11(2): 209-227.
  15. Basar, B., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2011. “Estimation of fracture-matrix transport properties from saturation profiles using a multivariate automatic history matching method”. Petroleum Science and Technology, 29(9), 1-11.
  16. Petchsingto, T., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2010. "Simulation of fluid percolation in a rough-walled rock fracture". Hydrogeology Journal, 18(7), 1583-1589.
  17. Mora, T., Orogbemi, O., and Karpyn, Z.T., 2010. “A study of hydraulic fracture conductivity and its dependence on proppant wettability”. Petroleum Science and Technology, 28(15), 1527-1534.
  18. Crandall, D., Bromhal, G. S., and Karpyn, Z. T., 2010. "Numerical simulations examining the relationship between wall-roughness and fluid flow in rock fractures". International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mineral Sciences, 47(5), 784-796.
  19. Lee, C.-H. and Karpyn, Z.T., 2010. "Experimental Investigation of Rate Effects on Two-Phase Flow through Fractured Rocks Using X-Ray Computed Tomography”. Advances in X-Ray Tomography for Geomaterials (eds. Alshibli, K.A. & Reed, A.H.) 230-237 (John Wiley & Sons).
  20. Karpyn, Z.T., Piri, M., and Singh, G., 2010. “Experimental investigation of trapped oil clusters in a water-wet bead pack using x-ray microtomography”. Water Resources Research, 46(4), W04510, 1-25.
  21. Prodanović, M., Bryant, S.L. and Karpyn, Z.T, 2010. “Investigating matrix-fracture transfer via a level set method for drainage and imbibition”. Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, 15(1), 125-136.
Recent Activities: 

Activities

  • Assistant Editor, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Elsevier, 2014-present.
  • Member, Founding Committee, International Association for Computed Tomography (IntACT), at the 1 ICTMS in Ghent (Belgium), July 5, 2013.
  • Associate Editor, Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, 2009-2014.
  • Appointed member, Commission for Women (CFW), Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, 2013-2016.
  • Chair, Faculty Focus Committee, Commission for Women (CFW), Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, 2013-2016.
  • Faculty mentor, Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), 2011. 
Awards: 

Awards/Honors/Recognitions

  • Assistant Editor, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Elsevier, 2014-present.
  • Member, Founding Committee, International Association for Computed Tomography (IntACT), at the 1 ICTMS in Ghent (Belgium), July 5, 2013.
  • Associate Editor, Society of Petroleum Engineers Journal, 2009-2014.
  • Appointed member, Commission for Women (CFW), Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, 2013-2016.
  • Chair, Faculty Focus Committee, Commission for Women (CFW), Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, 2013-2016.
  • Faculty mentor, Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), 2011.