Disputation: Hamed Panahi
Master of Science Hamed Panahi at Department of Physics will be defending the thesis
“Maturation processes and simulation of fracturing and flow of organic substances from immature shales and consequence on primary migration”
for the degree of PhD
Trial lecture - time and place
- Dr. Jerome Fortin, Laboratoire de Géologie, École Normale Supérieure, France
- Dr. Reinier van Noort, Environmental Technology, Institute for Energy Technology, Norway
- Professor Knut Jørgen Måløy, Department of Physics, University of Oslo, Norway
Chair of defence
Associate Professor Helge Balk
A better understanding of primary migration, more versatile and reliable computer models and more advanced experimental methods would be of great value to the oil & gas industry. This research would facilitate better predictions of how much hydrocarbon was expelled from the source rock, how the rate of expulsion and fluid composition varied over time and how the hydrocarbon entered the surrounding sedimentary rock to initiate secondary migration. This would be an important contribution to basin modeling. Furthermore, a better understanding of primary migration is recognized by the industry as an important factor in increasing exploration success. The scientific advances and experimental and computational methods developed in this project would also have other applications. Study of mud volcanoes driven by hydrocarbon fluid generated from source rock, methane hydrate exploration and assessment, and the geological sequestration of energy waste products such as radioactive wastes, carbon dioxide (CO2), or oxides of sulfur can benefit from this study.
The candidate is a chemical engineer by training and has worked in the oil industry for some 15 years.