iReservoir Optimizes Oil and Gas Recovery Methods

The Challenge: Understanding Complex Subsurface Fluid Interactions Before optimization of recovery methods for sub-surface oil and gas reservoirs can be obtained, a thorough understanding of the reservoir is required. These reservoirs have many complex structural, geological, and fluid characteristics that are impossible to fully understand using actual measurements and physical testing. Static and dynamic computer-based models and an arsenal of high-tech, computational tools are required to simulate reservoir performance and […]

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Plot of the month: Cart3D simulation of shuttle debris

Contributed by Michael J. Aftosmis NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division, NASA Ames Research Center The Engineers Michael Aftosmis (NASA) and Scott Murman (ELORET) work at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division at NASA Ames Research Center. NAS was founded in 1984 to develop, demonstrate, and deliver innovative, distributed heterogeneous computing capabilities to enable NASA projects and missions. Columbia Accident Investigation Board Results The plot is a composite image extracted from a […]

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NASA CFD Software Helps Quiet the Skies

Contributed by: Dr. Craig Hunter, NASA Langley Research Center Noise Sources in a Jet Plume The jet plume in Figure 1 originates from a bypass ratio (BPR) typical of a transport aircraft. Noise sources are shown in a 12,500 Hz frequency band (sub-scale) with the observer at 88 degrees to the inlet. The data set has about 35 variables at 17 million cells. The bypass ratio relates the size of […]

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Plot of the month: Palm Valley gas reservoir

Contributed by Larry Franks, Operation Manager, Reservoir Engineer Magellan Petroleum Australia Limited The Engineer Larry Franks works for Magellan Petroleum in Australia. He manages petroleum production operations and also does hands-on engineering for drilling and exploration operations. His job includes the design and drilling of the exploration wells, gas reserves analysis, facility design, and product sales. In short he performs a wide variety of jobs focused on the upstream petroleum […]

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Plot of the month: Melbourne cricket ground redevelopment

Contributed by Eric Jal, Sr. Engineer, Energy Div. Connell Wagner, Melbourne, Australia Ventilation is a key design factor for the new Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Using PHOENICS to optimize the design, CFD and Tecplot have been used to analyze air movement within the building and in external areas. In this image we see relative changes in air movement patterns across the pitch due to the construction of the new Northern […]

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