Eighth Annual Meeting

October 3-4, 2013

EMS Energy Institute
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA

The eighth annual Gas Flooding Initiative meeting was held on the Pennsylvania State University Campus from October 3 - 4, 2013. There was an optional workshop on Thursday and technical presentations took place on Friday. Thursday evening we held a dinner.


Thursday, October 3 (Workshop and Reception)

Thursday, October 3 (Workshop and Reception)

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Toolkit Updates (PennPVT, UTCOMP, PennSim)

Saeid Khorsandi and Changhe Qiao
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Maximizing CO2 EOR Recovery and Sequestration

Liwei Li and Dr. Russell Johns
3:45 pm - 4:10 pm

Effect of Capillary Pressure on MMP

Saeid Khorsandi, B. Nojabaei and Dr. Russell Johns
4:10 pm - 4:30 pm

Review of Numerical Methods for Hyperbolic Problems in Petroleum Engineering

Najeem Adeleke, Michael Adewumi, and Mku Thaddeus Ityokumbul
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm PNG building tour and walk around campus (weather permitting for walk to EMS Institute)
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Travel to restaurant at corner of College and Allen Street
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Dinner at the Allen Street Grill
Friday, October 4 (Technical Presentations)

Friday, October 4 (Technical Presentations)

8:00 am - 8:10 am

Coffee and continental breakfast
8:10 am - 8:20 am


Dr. Russell T. Johns
8:20 am - 8:50 am

Analytical Solutions for Gas Displacements with Bifurcating Phase Behavior

Saeid Khorsandi Kouhanestani, supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
8:50 am - 9:20 am

Three-Phase Mixing Cell Method

Liwei Li, supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
9:20 am - 9:50 am

Geochemical Modeling of CO2 Floods in Carbonates Considering Wettability

Changhe Qiao, supervised by Drs. Li Li, Jinchao Xu, and Russell T. Johns
9:50 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Gibbs Free Energy Minimization for Reactive Flow in Porous Media

Ashwin Venkatraman, supervised by Drs. Larry Lake and Russell T. Johns
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Robustness Analysis and Fluid Characterization of Reduced Methods

Seyhan Emre Gorucu, supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
11:00 am - 11:30 am

Improvements in Compositional Reservoir Simulation: Phase Behavior and Relative Permeability Modeling

Mohsen Rezaveisi, Supervised by Drs. Sephernoori and Russell T. Johns
11:30 am - 12:40 pm Lunch
12:40 pm - 1:20 pm

Simulation of Asphaltene Precipitation Under Gas Injection Using PC-SAFT EOS

Saeedeh Mohebbinia, supervised by Drs. Kamy Sephernoori and Russell T. Johns
1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

Development of a Multi-Mechanistic,Triple-Porosity, Triple-Permeability Compositional Model for Gas Flooding

Nithiwat Siripatrachai, supervised by Drs. Turgay Ertekin and Russell T. Johns
1:50 pm - 2:20 pm

Two- and Three-Phase Relative Permeabilities in High Saturation Regions: Challenges and Solutions

Amir Kianinejad, supervised by Dr. David DiCarlo
2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

Origin of Scale Dependent Dispersion Using High-Order Methods

Michael Connolly, supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
2:40 pm - 2:50 pm Break
2:50 pm - 3:20 pm

Miscible Residual Oil Saturation

Michael Connolly, Dhiraj Singla, supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
3:20 pm - 3:50 pm

Upscaling Compositional Simulation Considering Dispersion

Olaoluwa O. Adepoju, supervised by Drs. Larry Lake and Russell T. Johns
3:50 pm - 4:20 pm

Reservoir Cooling for Enhanced Oil Recovery from CO2 Flooding

Zhenzhen Wang, Amey Khanzode, supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
4:20 pm - 4:50 pm

Wrap Up and Discussion of JIP Direction

Russell T. Johns and All
4:50 pm End of Meeting

Hotel Reservations

Nittany Lion Inn - (preferred) Historic hotel located on campus
Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center - Modern, can take a shuttle to campus
The Atherton Hotel - Located Downtown one block from campus
The Days Inn State College - Located Downtown one block from campus

Getting to University Park

The Penn State University Park Campus is located in State College, a small town in located in central Pennsylvania. If coming by car, State College is about a three-hour drive from Washington or Philadelphia.

There are three airports that have flights into the University Park Airport (Washington, Detroit, and Philadelphia). Make reservations as soon as possible as there are a limited number of flights in and out of state college. The train can also be taken from New York, Philadelphia, or Washington. The nearest Amtrak station is Huntingdon, PA. From there you will need to rent a car and drive about 20 miles to State College.

Maps of the campus and surrounding areas are available here.


The workshop on October 3rd is walking distance from the Nittany Lion Inn, if you choose to stay there. On the 4th, meeting attendees may park in the parking lot directly in front of the EMS Energy Institute (Penn State Students may not park in this lot). Attendees must request a parking permit upon arrival.

About the Area

State College is a small town located in central Pennsylvania. It's surrounded by forests but also close to several major cities. There are numerous activities that you can take advantage of in and around State College. 

If you have time to travel a bit further, other possible destinations include.

  • A large elk herd about an hour and a half drive from State College.
  • Gettysburg and other civil war battle sites are located within a few hours drive.
  • Washington and Philadelphia are just over a three-hour drive from State College. New York City is about four hours.
  • Niagara Falls is located about four hours to the North, and Toronto Canada is five hours to the north.
  • The Drake Well Museum is in Titusville, PA where in 1859 Edwin L. Drake drilled the oil well that launched the modern petroleum industry.