DescriptionIn order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, experts have proposed requiring major carbon dioxide emitters to modify their infrastructure to collect carbon dioxide exhaust and compress it into a super-critical fluid for injection into a well-sealed geologic structure such as an exhausted oil or natural gas reservoir. We are therefore developing a tool to assess and monitor potential carbon capture and storage sites. We use large-scale reservoir simulations to investigate the mechanical stresses that would effect a reservoir as it is injected with super-critical carbon dioxide. Since we will not know the precise geologic structure of a given field site, this requires us to run a very large number of computationally-intensive simulations (10$^4$-10$^7$) in order to adequately investigate every possible geologic structure. These simulations can then be compared to measurements from the surface and from wells drilled into the reservoir, allowing us to identify which proposed structures best explain the data. This will allow us to infer the structure and state of the subsurface.
OrganizationClemson University
DepartmentEnvironmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Sponsor Campus GridOSG Connect
Principal Investigator
Stephen Moysey
Field Of ScienceEcological and Environmental Sciences