Inaugural Lecture of Professor Florian Doster: Challenges (and some solutions) of Modelling Subsurface Flow

  • Wednesday, 27 October 2021 17:00 - 18:00


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Professor Florian Doster’s (Heriot-Watt University) Inaugural Lecture, which will take place online, addresses the challenges of modelling sub-surface flow of fluids in the context of CO2 storage - a technology paramount for decarbonising the energy sector and industry.

Despite its importance, a robust, predictive and all-encompassing theory for multiphase flow phenomena has not yet been developed. Harvesting and managing subsurface resources, however, require simulation tools based on such a theory.

Models and simulation tools must be tailored to the specific challenges of harvesting and managing subsurface resources, revisiting foundations and identifying shortcuts and simplifications. This intellectually intriguing challenge requires collaboration across many disciplines including physics, mathematics, chemistry, geology and a whole range of engineering disciplines.

Florian Doster is a professor specialising in Multi-Scale, Multi-Phase Flow Modelling at the Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering, within the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, at Heriot-Watt University and Programme Director for Subsurface Energy Systems. His current research areas include the study of multi-physics multi-phase flow phenomena in porous media and their appropriate physical and mathematical description across length and time scales.

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