Dr. Emami-Meybodi’s research has been centered on the study of fluid flow and transport phenomena in porous media, spanning both applied and fundamental aspects. His research focus is on the development and application of mathematical and experimental methods and enhancing fundamental understanding aiming at developing solutions, with an emphasis on applications to the development of unconventional resources and carbon capture, utilization, and storage. He has conducted research on solutal and thermal natural convection, diffusive transport in tight rocks, dispersion in porous media, production data analysis for unconventional reservoirs, solvent injection in shales, waterflooding, chemical-enhanced oil recovery (EOR), hydraulic fracturing, and asphaltene precipitation.
Transport of Condensed Fluids in Nanoporous Materials
This project investigates the transport of condensed fluids through nanoporous materials from a new perspective - one that does not rely on conventional advective frameworks such as Darcy’s law, but rather on the diffusion of fluid phases and counter-diffusion of two miscible or partially miscible fluids using Fickian-like models. Although the form of the transport equations for both Fickian-like (diffusion) and Darcian (advection) models is similar, the mechanism for transport is fundamentally different: permeability and pressure gradient control transport by advection while the diffusion coefficient and chemical potential gradient control transport by diffusion. Hence, any process that increases the diffusion coefficient and density gradient will enhance the transport of fluids in nanoporous media. This project advances knowledge by identifying the scenarios under which the transport of fluids can be enhanced or hindered.
Production Data Analysis of Unconventional Reservoirs
This project aims at the development of analytical solutions to flow equations used in the rate transient analysis (RTA) techniques by relaxing some of the assumptions previously made, such as single-phase flow and usage of simple fracture geometry. The emphasis will be placed on low- (tight gas) and ultra-low-permeability (shale gas) reservoirs. The main areas of focus are (1) multi-phase flow that includes the transition of fluid flow from single-phase (gas or oil) to two-phase (gas and condensate or oil and gas) and three-phase (inclusion of water) flow, (2) multiphase flowback RTA, and (3) more complex conceptual models that represent real scenarios. Accurate and large-scale numerical simulations of hydrocarbon production and analysis of well performance are computationally very expensive. Therefore, the development of analytical and semi-analytical models that can be used to accurately evaluate and predict reservoir performance is of critical importance.
- Z. Liu and H. Emami-Meybodi (2021) Diffusion-based modeling of gas transport in organic-rich ultratight reservoirs, SPE J., 26(02), 857–882.
- M. Zhang, N. Chakraborty, Z. Karpyn, H. Emami-Meybodi, L. Ayala (2021) Experimental and numerical study of gas diffusion and sorption kinetics in ultratight rocks, Fuel, 286(119300).
- Z. Liu and H. Emami-Meybodi (2021) Rate transient analysis of infinite-acting linear flow by use of piecewise constant diffusivity coefficients, J. Petro. Sci. Eng., 196(107783).
- F. Zhang and H. Emami-Meybodi (2020) A semi-analytical method for two-phase flowback rate transient analysis in shale gas reservoirs, SPE J., 25(04), 1599–1622.
- Z. Liu and H. Emami-Meybodi (2020) A unified approach to the nonlinearity of the diffusivity equation and assessment of pseudo-time, SPE J., 26(01), 241–261.
- F. Zhang and H. Emami-Meybodi (2020) Analysis of early-time production data from multi-fractured shale gas wells by considering multiple transport mechanisms through nanopores, J. Petro. Sci. Eng., (108092).
- F. Zhang and H. Emami-Meybodi (2020) Flowback fracture closure of multi-fractured horizontal wells in shale gas reservoirs, J. Petro. Sci. Eng., 186,106711.
- M. Cronin, H. Emami-Meybodi, R. Johns (2020) Multicomponent diffusion modeling of cyclic solvent injection in ultratight reservoirs, SPE-196008-PA, SPE J., 1–20.
- F. Zhang and H. Emami-Meybodi (2020) Multiphase flowback rate-transient analysis of shale gas reservoirs, Int. J. Coal Geology, 217, 103315.
- M. Cronin, H. Emami-Meybodi, R. T. Johns (2019) Unified theory of ultimate hydrocarbon recovery for primary and cyclic injection processes in ultratight reservoirs, Scientific Reports, 9:10706, 1–14.
- Regional Service Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2021
- Cedric K. Ferguson Medal, International Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2019
- Regional Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award, Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2018
- Endeavour Research Fellowship, Department of Education, Australia, 2014 – 2015
- Alberta Innovates Technology Futures Fellowship, AITF, Canada, 2014 – 2015
- Engineering Graduate Excellence Scholarship, University of Calgary, 2014
- Eyes High International Doctoral Scholarship, University of Calgary, Canada, 2013
- UKERC Energy and Environment School, UK Energy Research Centre, 2013
- PennWest Graduate Excellence Scholarship, PennWest Exploration, Canada, 2012
- OMAE Graduate Excellence Scholarship, American Society of Mechanical Engineering, 2012