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News 19 December 2019

New porous microstructure descriptors based on tortuosity and accessibility

IFP Energies nouvelles has developed new morphological descriptors for porous networks. The result of work carried out in partnership by two of its research divisions, they are hinged around the concepts of accessibility and tortuosity to describe paths within a material.

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Dr B Noetinger, editor-in-chief OGST, expert in transport modeling in disordered media
Benoît Noetinger graduated from the École Polytechnique in Paris, and holds a thesis at UPMC (now Sorbonne University) in liquid state physics, the work of which was carried out at the PMMH laboratory
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Thibaud Chevalier

Research Engineer / Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering
Thibaud Chevalier graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan in 2010 and received his PhD in mechanical engineering in 2013 on the flow of yield stress fluids in confined geometries under the
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Mickaele Le Ravalec

Department Head
Mickaele Le Ravalec holds a Ph.D. degree in rock physics from the University of Rennes (1995) and a HDR from the Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg (2002). After a post-doctoral position in rock
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Research Chemist Engineer - PhD
Isabelle Merdrignac graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Industrielle de Lyon (ESCIL-CPE). She then completed a Master in analytical Chemistry before obtaining a PhD at the university of
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Quang Huy TRAN

Research engineer in Scientific Computing
Quang Huy Tran graduated from Mines ParisTech and completed his doctoral thesis in Applied Mathematics at IFPEN and Rice University (Texas) before returning to IFPEN as a research engineer
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A scientific visitor helps improve the monitoring of CO2 storage facilities

Over the past ten years, IFPEN has been conducting research on the geochemical monitoring of the geological storage of CO2, in order to gain a better understanding of the natural water flows that may
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Research engineer / project leader in optimization
PhD in applied mathematics
Master degree in numerical analysis (Paris 6 university) PhD in applied mathematics (Paris 13 university) : inversion problem of seismic tomography 1994-2003 : research engineer in geophysic division
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Foam rheology in porous media

For processes involving gas injection, such as enhanced oil recovery (EORa) and CO2 storage operations, the use of foam makes it easier to control gas mobility. Improving these processes requires
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Phase equilibria in confined media

In many geological reservoirs, pore size distribution is highly heterogeneous (from 2 to 50 nm). While the molecular size of the confined fluids is between 0.5 and 10 nm, their interaction forces with
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What percentage of free compounds in porous media?

The energy mix required to satisfy global needs will include fossil hydrocarbons for some time to come. Therefore, estimating existing reserves, i.e., the quantity of liquid organic compounds present