Research

Center for Earth Materials, Mechanics and Characterization

The Center for Earth Materials, Mechanics, and Characterization (CEMMC) fosters research in a variety of areas including rock mechanics, earth systems, and nontraditional characterization. The center does not limit its focus to either “hard” or “soft” rock applications but is, instead, intended to foster research in both arenas and encourage interdisciplinary communications between the associated disciplines.

Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology

The Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium is a joint industry/university research consortium that performs research in all areas of stimulation of oil and gas wells. FAST concentrates on theoretical and laboratory developments that can be directly employed in the field to improve stimulation design and execution.

Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute

The mission of the Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute (UNGI) is to provide a platform for multidisciplinary research in all areas of unconventional natural gas and oil exploration and development.

Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir Studies

The Marathon Center of Excellence for Reservoir Studies (MCERS) investigates a wide spectrum of reservoir problems with emphasis on field applications. Research areas include: reservoir characterization and connectivity, rate and pressure transient analysis, improved and enhanced oil recovery issues, infill well placement and multi-laterals, and modeling of naturally fractured reservoirs.

Energy Modeling Group

The Energy Modeling Group‘s mission is to develop state-of-the-art reservoir modeling technology and advanced simulation tools for research, teaching, and field application in the area of subsurface energy and natural resources, and environmental science and engineering.

Unconventional Reservoir Engineering Project

Initiated in 2012, the UREP program is designed to focus on the unconventional aspects of unconventional reservoirs. The general objective is to achieve a more complete reservoir engineering understanding and develop more appropriate reservoir engineering tools and practices for these reservoirs. This objective covers the entire spectrum of reservoir engineering research of nanoporous, nanodarcy-permeability, and microfractured unconventional-formations.

Physics of Organics, Carbonates, Clays, Sands and Shales

OCLASSH seeks to:

  1. Define measurement protocols for various types of measurements on reservoir sediments,
  2. Make careful and relevant measurements on clean and organic-rich reservoir sediments, such as shale, mud, clay, and sand on a nano- to macrometer scale, and
  3. Compare similarities and differences between similar types of data gathered with different measurement techniques.

Multiphase Fluid Dynamics and Fluid Properties

Associate Professor Xiaolong Yin’s research group studies multiphase flows such as particle-laden flow and flow through porous media, and conducts research into reservoir fluid properties.