Numerical and theoretical research on fluid transport and heat flow in porous/fractured media
Modeling of unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs—oil shale, shale gas, methane hydrates, heavy oil, bitumen
Forward simulation and inverse modeling of diverse processes applied in subsurface energy systems—chemical/thermal enhanced recovery, in-situ upgrading, cyclic steam stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, CO2 sequestration, CO2 push-pull
Applications—economic production of unconventional resources, environmental effects of hydrocarbon production, control and protection of groundwater, enhanced geothermal systems
Selected Professional Activities/Honors:
Foxall, W. Doughty, C. Lee, K. Nakagawa, S. Daley, T. Burton, E. Layland-Bachmann, C. Borglin, S. Freeman, K. Ajo-Franklin, J. Jordan, P. Kneafsey, T. Oldenburg, C. and Ulrich, C. 2017. Investigation of Potential Induced Seismicity Related to Geologic Carbon Dioixide Sequestration in California. CEC-500-2017-028.
Lee, K. Moridis, G.J. and Ehlig-Economides, C.A. 2017. Numerical Simulation of Diverse Thermal In-situ Upgrading Processes for the Hydrocarbon Production from Kerogen in Oil Shale Reservoirs. Energy Exploration & Exploitation. 35 (3): 315-337.
Lee, K. Moridis, G.J. and Ehlig-Economides, C.A. 2017. Compositional Simulation of Hydrocarbon Recovery from Oil Shale Reservoirs with Diverse Initial Saturations of Fluid Phases by Various Thermal Processes. Energy Exploration & Exploitation. 35 (2): 172-193.
Lee, K. Moridis, G.J. and Ehlig-Economides, C.A. 2016. In-situ Upgrading of Oil Shale by Steamfrac in Multistage Transverse Fractured Horizontal Well System. Energy Sources Part A : Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects.38 (20): 3034-3041.
Lee, K. Moridis, G. J. and Ehlig-Economides, C. A. 2016. A Comprehensive Simulation Model of Kerogen Pyrolysis for the In-situ Upgrading of Oil Shales. SPE Journal. 21 (05): 1612-1630.
Lee, K. Bahk, J. And Choe, J. 2015. Numerical Modeling for Temperature and Pressure Distributions in Gas Hydrate Bearing Sediments while Drilling. Energy Sources Part A : Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects. 37 (4): 372-383.
Khurshid, I. Lee, K. and Choe, J. 2013. Analyses of Thermal Disturbance in Drilling Deep and High Temperature Formations. Energy Sources Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects. 35 (16): 1487-1497.
Lee, K. and Choe, J. 2011. Numerical Modeling of the Effect of Seawater and Circulation Rates for Seafloor Mudline Temperature. Geosystem Engineering. 14 (3): 153-156.
Ph.D. Student: Naveen Krishnaraj
Committe of 1 Ph.D. Student, 1 M.S. Student