Brian McPherson
University of Utah
Relative permeabilityGeologyEngineeringSoil scienceGeochemistryPermeability (earth sciences)ChemistryGeotechnical engineeringMaterials scienceMineralogyCarbon sequestrationCaprockEnhanced oil recoveryHydrologyEnvironmental sciencePetrologyPorosityAquiferGroundwaterPetroleum engineering
163Publications
28H-index
2,356Citations
Publications 165
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#1Ting Bao (PNNL: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)H-Index: 9
#2J. Burghardt (PNNL: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)H-Index: 10
Last. Mark D. White (PNNL: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)H-Index: 22
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Abstract null null Understanding the time-dependent behavior of reservoir and sealing formations for geologic carbon storage is critical to assessing geomechanical risks since time-dependent deformation strongly influences the mechanical response of some rock types. Many studies have evaluated the risk of CO2 leakage and induced seismicity by assuming poroelastic rheology in sealing formations. Few have considered viscoelastic or other time-dependent responses, and much of the literature on the ...
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#1Nathan Moodie (UofU: University of Utah)H-Index: 7
#2William Ampomah (New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology)H-Index: 17
Last. Brian McPherson (UofU: University of Utah)H-Index: 28
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Abstract null null Numerical models are a critical tool for forecasting subsurface multiphase flow associated with geologic carbon storage. The uncertainty of model results stems from many factors, including uncertainty in multiphase flow parameters. Specifically, relative permeability and capillary pressure relationships depend on both the rock properties and fluid properties, and the latter may be highly nonlinear as fluid temperature, and pressure conditions change. Forecasts of trapping mech...
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#1Ting Xiao (UofU: University of Utah)H-Index: 13
#2Wei Jia (UofU: University of Utah)H-Index: 13
Last. Brian McPherson (UofU: University of Utah)H-Index: 28
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#1Nathan MoodieH-Index: 7
#2William AmpomahH-Index: 17
Last. Brian McPhersonH-Index: 28
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Effective multiphase flow and transport simulations are a critical tool for screening, selection, and operation of geological CO2 storage sites. The relative permeability curve assumed for these simulations can introduce a large source of uncertainty. It significantly impacts forecasts of all aspects of the reservoir simulation, from CO2 trapping efficiency and phase behavior to volumes of oil, water, and gas produced. Careful consideration must be given to this relationship, so a primary goal o...
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#1Si-Yong LeeH-Index: 4
Last. Robert BalchH-Index: 14
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This paper summarizes the risk assessment and management workflow developed and applied to the Southwest Regional Partnership on Carbon Sequestration (SWP) Phase III Demonstration Project. The risk assessment and management workflow consists of six primary tasks, including management planning, identification, qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, response planning, and monitoring. Within the workflow, the SWP assembled and iteratively updated a risk registry that identifies risks for all ...
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#1Vivek V. Patil (UofU: University of Utah)H-Index: 2
#2Brian McPherson (UofU: University of Utah)H-Index: 28
Fault zones significantly influence the migration of fluids in the subsurface and can be important controls on the local as well as regional hydrogeology. Hence, understanding the evolution of faul...
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#1Wei JiaH-Index: 13
#2Ting XiaoH-Index: 13
Last. Brian McPhersonH-Index: 28
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Mineral reactive surface area (RSA) is one of the key factors that control mineral reactions, as it describes how much mineral is accessible and can participate in reactions. This work aims to evaluate the impact of mineral RSA on numerical simulations for CO2 storage at depleted oil fields. The Farnsworth Unit (FWU) in northern Texas was chosen as a case study. A simplified model was used to screen representative cases from 87 RSA combinations to reduce the computational cost. Three selected ca...
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#1Robert Balch (New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology)H-Index: 14
#2Brian McPherson (UofU: University of Utah)H-Index: 28
Last. William Ampomah (New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology)H-Index: 17
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The Southwest Partnership on Carbon Sequestration (SWP), one of seven large scale CO2 sequestration projects sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is currently conducting its Phase III study, and has completed its injection period with storage of nearly 800,000 tonnes of CO2 at an active commercial-scale carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) project. All CO2 stored during the injection period is anthropogenic, sourced from a fertilizer and an ethanol plant, and would have otherwis...
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#1Robert Balch (New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology)H-Index: 14
#2Brian McPherson (UofU: University of Utah)H-Index: 28
Last. Richard Esser (New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology)H-Index: 15
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In 2019, The United States Department of Energy created four new regional carbon storage partnerships following the success of the previous regional partnership program established in 2003. The new partnerships are designed to accelerate development of commercial storage projects in the United States. The Carbon Utilization and Storage Partnership of the Western United States (CUSP) was formed as an outgrowth of three of the former partnerships: The Southwest Regional Partnership on Carbon Seque...
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#1Ting XiaoH-Index: 13
#2Brian McPhersonH-Index: 28
Last. Hari S. ViswanathanH-Index: 41
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Potential leakage of reservoir fluids is considered a key risk factor for geologic CO2 sequestration (GCS), with concerns of their chemical impacts on the quality of overlying underground sources of drinking water (USDWs). Effective risk assessment provides useful information to guide GCS activities for protecting USDWs. In this study, we present a quantified risk assessment case study of an active commercial-scale CO2-enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) and sequestration field, the Farnsworth Unit ...
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