Speaker: Dr. Ian Frigaard, Professor, UBC Department of Mechanical Engineering and UBC Department of Mathematics
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 6pm
Location: Chemical and Biological Engineering Room 102
Title: Why do Wells Leak and Who Cares?
Oil and gas wells have used cement for zonal isolation and mechanical support for at least 80 years. A surprising number of wells leak, to varying degrees, which suggest that the cementing job is not effectively executed. Is leakage important, and if so why? What are some of the root causes of leaking wells and why is it that the industry has not “solved” this problem. We’ll review some of the technical reasons behind these questions and finally present some hypotheses about the technical reasons behind these questions and finally present some hypotheses about non-technical causes and how the industry should evolve in order to fix these problems.
Dr. Frigaard’s research falls into two main categories: Non-Newtonian fluid mechanics and Industrial mathematical modelling. His mathematical modeling work is industry-driven and his interest has been in processes combing thermal and fluid dynamic effects. Examples include oilfield cementing, spray deposition/forming, injection molding, continuous casting, Czrochalski crystal growth, image processing, wellbore hydraulics, slurry transport, well control.
All are welcome. Refreshment (pizza) provided!
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