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Project 1.1 Characterization and Constitutive Behaviour MSc student will conduct experimental studies on thermal properties: thermal expansion, thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity - oil sands and as many typically facies types as possible (e.g. breccia, high fines sand). Testing completed in a triaxial environment and comparison will be made to uniaxial results.
Project 1.2 Characterization and Constitutive Behaviour MSc student will test multiple shale gas specimens using modified version of the shale laboratory workflow established by CSIRO - testing completed under varying temperature and reservoir pressure.
Project 3.1 Reservoir Geomechanical Modelling
MSc student will focus on the first stage of the workflow. The student will establish static earth models that include a fractured reservoir network (natural or induced) either with or without vugs. From the earth model, each of the initial DFN, flow and continuum geomechanics models will be created. SRM models will be created for each zone of the continuum simulator. The student in collaboration with one of the following PhD students will validate the SRM model results with laboratory test results on digitally fabricated materials
Project 4.3 Field Scale Geomechanics MSc student will conduct an overview of downhole monitoring technologies for thermal heavy oil operations, including design and deployment of case histories. The student will evaluate multiple integrated instrumentation packages that will withstand elevated downhole temperatures up to 350 °C. Analytical and numerical simulations will be conducted to assess the installation efficiency, technique and well hydraulic integrity. Depending on the availability of case histories or field datasets, very fine-scale sequentially coupled reservoir geomechanical simulations will be used to examine the applicability of a suite of surveillance technologies to monitoring unconventional reservoirs.
Project 4.4 Field Scale Geomechanics MSc student will review literature on modelling of failure mechanisms of caprock to identify major physical processes suitable for study in the centrifuge and on the subject of engineering in rock/soft-rock, geotechnical modelling, failure mechanisms of caprock and physical modelling centrifuge, including the modelling of models technique.
Accepting inquiries for MSc applications in September 2017.
If you would like more information on how to apply to the University of Alberta please contact Hope Walls