The research is mainly focused on the investigation of the
structure of porous media and on the transport of fluids in porous
media by means of NMR, MRI and also by numerical simulation.
Normally rock samples used in research come from oil reservoirs, so
this kind of studies is also of interest for Oil Companies and in the geothermal activities. The
simulation of phenomena occurring in systems described by nonlinear
equations, such as the mono or multiphase flow, also
non-isothermal, in porous and fractured media, is of primary
importance both in scientific research and in industry. The
comparison of the MR and/or MRI results with those obtained from
simulation allows one to increase the understanding of mathematical
flow models and also to better understand the petrophysical
properties of porous media. Another field of investigation, closely
related to previous ones, is the so-called Inverse Problem, in 1 and 2 dimensions. One
often wants to fit the data acquired in an experiment to a specific
“model” characterized by some parameters. An inverse problem is the
task where the values of model parameters are obtained from the
observed data. The use and the development of fitting algorithms is
an important task having many implications in different fields.
These types of research have applications in many fields including
petroleum engineering, groundwater engineering, geothermal
engineering (for both high and middle enthalpy) and in all those
problems where there is fluid movement in consolidated and
unconsolidated porous media.