Tenth Annual Meeting

October 1-2, 2015

EMS Energy Institute
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA

The tenth annual Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative meeting was held on The Pennsylvania State University Campus from October 1-2, 2015. There is an optional workshop on Thursday and technical presentations take place on Friday. Thursday evening we held a dinner.


Thursday, October 1 (Workshop and Reception)
104 Hosler Building


Thursday, October 1 (Workshop and Reception)
104 Hosler Building

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Welcome and Toolkit Updates (PennPVT,  PennSim

Saeid Khorsandi, Changhe Qiao, and Dr. Russell T. Johns
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

New Toolkit (PennSurf)

Soumyadeep Ghosh and Dr. Russell T. Johns
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Special  Workshop Topic:  Spreading Induced Film Drainage of Oil in Gravity Stable Floods

Dr. Russell T. Johns
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

PNG building tour and walk around campus (weather permitting for walk to EMS Institute lab)

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Travel to restaurant on East College between McAllister and Pugh Streets
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Dinner at The Tavern
  End of Workshop
Friday, October 2 (Technical Presentations)

Friday, October 2 (Technical Presentations)

8:00 am - 8:10 am

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

Welcome and Review of EOR Research

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

Robust Solution of Composition Paths and MMPs Using Tie-Line Space

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

WAG Optimization Considering Heterogeneity

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

Low Salinity Waterflooding in Carbonates Considering Mineralogy

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

Inclusion of Capillary Pressure in Stability Analysis

Mohsen Rezaveisi, supervised by Drs. Pope, Sephernoori and Johns
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Modified Black-Oil Simulation of Tight Fractured Rocks with Capillary Pressure Included in Flash Calculations

Bahareh Nojabaei, supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
11:00 am - 11:30 am

Compositional Simulation of EOR Processes in Tight Fractured Rocks Including Capillary Pressure in Flash Calculations

Nithiwat Siripatrachai, supervised by Drs. Ertekin and Johns
11:30 am - 12:40 pm Lunch
12:40 pm - 1:20 pm

Methods to Speed Up Phase Equilibrium Calculations in Implicit Compositional Simulation

Mohsen Rezaveisi, supervised by Drs. Sephernoori and Johns

1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

Development of a Fast Solver for Black-Oil and Compositional Simulation

Changhe Qiao, supervised by Drs. Li Li, Xu, and Johns
1:50 pm - 2:20 pm

A Modified HLD-NAC Equation of State to Predict Alkali-Surfactant-Oil-Brine Phase Behavior

Soumyadeep Ghosh, Pooya Khodaparast, supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

Inclusion of Modified HLD-NAC Equation of State in UTCHEM

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

Dimensionless Modified HLD-NAC EOS for Microemulsions

Soumyadeep Ghosh,  supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
3:20 pm - 3:50 pm

Impact of Mobility Ratio on Mixing in Heterogeneous Porous Media

Michael Connolly, supervised by Dr. Russell T. Johns
3:50 pm - 4:20 pm

Modeling Impact of Chemical Reactions on a Real Fluid Mixture

Ashwin Venkatraman, supervised by Drs. Dindoruk, Lake, and Johns
4:20 pm - 4:50 pm

Wrap Up and Discussion of JIP Direction

Dr. 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 1st is walking distance from the Nittany Lion Inn, if you choose to stay there. On the 2nd, 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.