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    Gas Turbine Performance Enhancement through Steam Injection

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Abedinnejad, Shahriyar (Author) ; Ghorbanian, Kaveh (Supervisor)
    The present research deals with the effect of steam injection to gas turbine engines. First, a comparison is made across the possible positions in the gas turbine for steam injection. Commercial software is used to investigate the pros and cons. Second, the investigation is focused on an industrial 4 MW gas turbine engine. Classical cycle and sensitivity analysis are performed and the operating envelope of the gas turbine engine with steam injection at various operating states as well as different environmental conditions is determined. Finally, a simulator based on Matlab Simulink is developed to examine the impact of different design and thermodynamic conditions of steam injection to the... 

    The applicability of expanding solvent steam-assisted gravity drainage (ES-SAGD) in fractured systems

    , Article Petroleum Science and Technology ; Volume 28, Issue 18 , Oct , 2010 , Pages 1906-1918 ; 10916466 (ISSN) Fatemi, S. M ; Sharif University of Technology
    The aim of this contribution is to evaluate the performance of an expanding solvent steam assisted gravity drainage (ES-SAGD) process in naturally fractured systems. Steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) and ES-SAGD processes have been investigated in both conventional and fractured reservoir models and the effect of networked fractures on the recovery mechanism and performance of ES-SAGD has been investigated. Operational parameters such as steam quality, vertical distances between wells, and steam injection temperature have been also evaluated. Finally, to study the effect of a well's horizontal offset, a staggered ES-SAGD well configuration has been compared to a stacked ES-SAGD  

    Comparing different scenarios for thermal enhanced oil recovery in fractured reservoirs using hybrid solar-gas steam generators, a simulation study

    , Article Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Europec Featured at 78th EAGE Conference and Exhibition, 30 May 2016 through 2 June 2016 ; 2016 ; 9781613994573 (ISBN) Mirzaie Yegane, M ; Bashtani, F ; Tahmasebi, A ; Ayatollahi, S ; Al Wahaibi, Y. M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Society of Petroleum Engineers  2016
    The application of the renewable energy sources, especially solar energy, for thermal enhanced oil recovery methods as an economical and environmental valuable technique has received many attractions recently. Concentrated Solar Power systems are capable of producing substantial quantities of steam by means of focused sunlight as the heat source for steam generation. This paper aims to investigate viability of using this innovative technology in fractured reservoirs to generate steam instead of using conventional steam generators. A synthetic fractured reservoir with properties similar to those of giant carbonate oil reserves in the Middle East was designed by using commercial thermal... 

    Technical and Economical Potential for Application of Solar Energy in Enhanced Oil Recovery

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Najafi, Homayoun (Author) ; Ayatollahi, Shahabodin (Supervisor) ; Soltanieh, Mohammad (Supervisor)
    In this thesis, the application of solar energy in the steam injection as a thermal enhanced oil recovery (TEOR) is evaluated. The motivations of this project are using a renewable energy, suitable solar potential of Iran, successful experience in the world, undeveloped heavy oilfield reservoirs in Iran. This application is investigated by three aspects which are:Reservoir Engineering aspect: the heavy oilfield are determined and then screening for selection good candidate of steam injection are done. One of the reservoirs is analyzed by simulation and optimization the steam injection to determine how much it’s production will be improved by using steam injection (contionous and cyclic)... 

    Experimental Investigation of Mechanism of Wettability Alteration Induced By Hot Water and Steam Injection

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Salehi, Afshin (Author) ; Masihi, Mohsen (Supervisor)
    One of the most important production mechanisms of fractured reservoirs is wettability alteration. Since most fractured reservoirs are carbonate, and thus are often oil-wet; production of these reservoirs is facing their special challenges. Since most of our country reservoirs are fractured carbonate type, determination of the exact mechanisms of their production is necessary. Thermal EOR methods traditionally have been welcomed by big oil companies. Also, these methods of enhanced oil recovery techniques, have a much greater share in the production history of all EOR methods, rather than other EOR methods. Exponentially decreasing of oil viscosity on heating, is the main reason for using... 

    Modeling of a Hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Microturbine System with Steam Injection

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Farmand, Pooria (Author) ; Morad, Mohammad Reza (Supervisor)
    Hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell-Micro Gas Turbine systems(SOFC-MGT) present opportunities for improvement over conventional systems, including high efficiency, cogeneration, and the potential for low carbon emmisions. In order to advance toward commercialization, Hybrid systems need to model under design point and off-design situations that maintain safe and efficient operations, also exhibiting favorable exergetic and economic performance. The present work investigates the hybrid SOFC-MGT performance and effects of steam injection, humidity effect, and fuel change in the system. The 1-D model of SOFC stack has been developed in EES Code and then coupled with a microturbine’s components with... 

    Optimal Model of Integrated Water Network to Reduce the Freshwater and Energy Consumption and Produce Wastewater at Power plant

    , M.Sc. Thesis Sharif University of Technology Kahe, Sadegh (Author) ; Avami, Akram (Supervisor)
    In recent years, there has been the extensive researches on energy and water efficiency due to the increasing stress on these resources. Therefore, the water-energy nexus in large industries, especially power plants, has become very important. In the present study, the water and energy nexus has been analyzed using energy analysis tools, exergy, economic and environmental in a combined cycle power plant. The nexus are observed in the boiler blow-downs, leakage of steam traps, cooling of the air entering the compressor and injection of steam into the combustion chamber, which have been studied in different scenarios to improve water and energy consumption and reduce environmental impact. In... 

    Application of fast-SAGD in naturally fractured heavy oil reservoirs: A case study

    , Article SPE Middle East Oil and Gas Show and Conference, MEOS, Proceedings, Manama ; Volume 3 , March , 2013 , Pages 1946-1953 ; 9781627482851 (ISBN) Hemmati Sarapardeh, A ; Hashemi Kiasari, H ; Alizadeh, N ; Mighani, S ; Kamari, A ; Baker Hughes ; Sharif University of Technology
    Steam injection process has been considered for a long time as an effective method to exploit heavy oil resources. Over the last decades, Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) has been proved as one of the best steam injection methods for recovery of unconventional oil resources. Recently, Fast-SAGD, a modification of the SAGD process, makes use of additional single horizontal wells alongside the SAGD well pair to expand the steam chamber laterally. This method uses fewer wells and reduces the operational cost compared to a SAGD operation requiring paired parallel wells one above the other. The efficiency of this new method in naturally fractured reservoir is not well understood.... 

    Experimental study of dynamic imbibition during water flooding of naturally fractured reservoirs

    , Article Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering ; Volume 174 , 2019 , Pages 1-13 ; 09204105 (ISSN) Harimi, B ; Masihi, M ; Mirzaei Paiaman, A ; Hamidpour, E ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier B.V  2019
    Capillary imbibition is an important recovery mechanism in naturally fractured reservoirs when water-filled fractures surround water-wet matrix blocks. A large amount of studies of imbibition process is simply total or partial immersion of nonwetting phase saturated rock in aqueous wetting phase. However, water advance in fractures during water flooding or water encroachment from an active aquifer introduces time dependent boundary conditions where invariant exposure of rock surface to water is not representative. In this work, a laboratory simulated matrix-fracture system was used to investigate different aspects of imbibition in the presence of fracture fluid flow (namely dynamic... 

    Impact of rock mineralogy on reservoir souring: A geochemical modeling study

    , Article Chemical Geology ; Volume 555 , November , 2020 Li, H ; Zhang, L ; Liu, L ; Shabani, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Elsevier B. V  2020
    The petroleum industry suffers from reservoir souring phenomena, which has negative impacts on production facilities, health, and environment. Injection of incompatible water into the reservoir (waterflooding), which is considered as an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) method, is one of the most common causes of reservoir souring. In general, injected brine, especially seawater, contains high amounts of sulfate ion (SO42−). A high concentration of sulfate in the presence of sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) leads to the microbial reservoir souring. During this phenomenon, sulfide, specifically hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S) appears in the producing fluid of the reservoir. In this paper, a coupled... 

    Comparing the performance and recovery mechanisms for steam flooding in heavy and light oil reservoirs

    , Article Society of Petroleum Engineers- SPE Heavy Oil Conference ; Volume 1 , 2012 , Pages 28-36 ; 9781622761111 (ISBN) Bagheripour Haghighi, M ; Ayatollahi, S ; Shabaninejad, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    SPE  2012
    The concern over fossil energy shortage for the next decade leads to the extensive research activities in the area of enhanced oil recovery. Steam injection as one of well known EOR process has been used for about five decades to improve the oil production rate and recovery efficiency. Steam flooding is applied to heavy and extra-heavy oil reservoirs; however it could be used in light oil reservoirs in which water injection do not work effectively. Regardless of different performances, this method is an efficient EOR process for both heavy and light oil reservoirs. In this work, two separate numerical models were prepared to investigate steam flooding performance for the recovery of light... 

    Investigation of oil recovery and CO2 storage during secondary and tertiary injection of carbonated water in an Iranian carbonate oil reservoir

    , Article Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering ; Volume 137 , 2016 , Pages 134-143 ; 09204105 (ISSN) Shakiba, M ; Ayatollahi, S ; Riazi, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Gas injection process for more oil recovery and in particular CO2 injection is well-established method to increment oil recovery from underground oil reservoirs. CO2 sequestration which takes place during this enhanced oil recovery (EOR) method has positive impact on reducing the greenhouse gas emission which causes global warming. Direct gas injection into depleted oil reservoirs, encounters several shortcomings such as low volumetric sweep efficiency, early breakthrough (BT) and high risk of gas leakage in naturally fractured carbonate oil reservoirs. Carbonated water injection (CWI) has been recently proposed as an alternative method to alleviate the problems associated with gas... 

    A new semi-analytical modeling of steam-assisted gravity drainage in heavy oil reservoirs

    , Article Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering ; Volume 69, Issue 3-4 , 2009 , Pages 261-270 ; 09204105 (ISSN) Alali, N ; Pishvaie, M. R ; Jabbari, H ; Sharif University of Technology
    Thermal recovery by steam injection has proven to be an effective means of recovering heavy oil. Forecasts of reservoir response to the application of steam are necessary before starting a steam drive project. Thermal numerical models are available to provide forecasts. However, these models are expensive and consume a great deal of computer time. An alternative to numerical modeling is to use a semi-analytical model. The objective of the current study was to investigate thermal applications of horizontal wells for displacement and gravity drainage processes using analytical modeling as well as reservoir simulation. The main novelties presented in the paper are: a) the transient temperature... 

    Effect of CO2 and natural surfactant of crude oil on the dynamic interfacial tensions during carbonated water flooding: experimental and modeling investigation

    , Article Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering ; Volume 159 , 2017 , Pages 58-67 ; 09204105 (ISSN) Lashkarbolooki, M ; Riazi, M ; Ayatollahi, S ; Sharif University of Technology
    Carbonated water has been recently proposed as an enhanced oil recovery method for crude oil reservoirs. Interfacial tension (IFT) plays a crucial rule on the displacement of trapped oil ganglia in the porous media. This investigation is designed to systematically assess the dynamic interfacial tension (DIFT) of two different types of crude oils with carbonated water (CW). In addition, the measured experimental data were applied into specified models. The DIFT behavior of acidic and non-acidic crude oil samples/CW and deionized water (DW) are also compared to find the effect of dissolved carbon dioxide in water on IFT. At the next stage, DIFT of all the results were used through three... 

    Simulation study of Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) in fractured systems

    , Article Oil and Gas Science and Technology ; Volume 64, Issue 4 , 2009 , Pages 477-487 ; 12944475 (ISSN) Fatemi, S. M ; Sharif University of Technology
    The Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) process, a developed Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) process to recover oil and bitumen, has been studied theoretically and experimentally in conventional reservoirs and models and is found a promising EOR method for certain heavy oil reservoirs. In this work simulation studies of the SAGD process were made on different fractured models consisting of fractures in both Near Well Region (NWR) and Above Well Region (AWR) and even in the presence of networked fractures. At early stage of the SAGD process in fractured system, steam moves through the fractures first and then the matrix blocks are heated primarily by conduction and possibly some steam...