Laboratory for the Thermodynamics of Complex Fluids and their Reserveroirs UMR 5150

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Laboratory for the Thermodynamics of Complex Fluids and their Reserveroirs UMR 5150

Laboratory for the Thermodynamics of Complex Fluids and their Reservoirs - LFCR / UMR 5150

Website: http://lfc.univ-pau.fr/live/

Research Themes

Behaviour of phases

  • Measurement and modeling of phase equilibrium properties
  • Phase behavior of difficult fluids (heavy crudes)
  • Flow assurance

Transport Properties

  • Measurement, modeling and simulation of viscosity
  • Simulation and modeling of transport in nanoporous media

Colloids and interfaces

  • Measurement and modeling of interfacial properties and dispersed systems
  • Gas hydrates: promotion, prevention, separation and storage of gases

Porous media

  • Damage coupling - transport properties
  • Behavior of fluids in highly confined media

Geological reservoirs

  • Characterisation of reservoirs. Field work, measurements and modeling
  • Microstructures, fluid-rock interactions, basin analysis and deformation

Application sectors

  • Oil and gas exploration-production
  • CO2 capture and storage
  • Bio-fuels

Comptences

  • Measurement, modeling and simulation of thermophysical properties of petroleum fluids under reservoir conditions
  • Characterisation of dispersed systems (hydrates, emulsions, asphaltenes, paraffins, etc.)
  • Petrophysical and mechanical properties of porous media
  • Description and modeling of petroleum reservoirs

Primary equipment

  • HP calorimetry, HP phase equilibrium cells
  • HP phase equilibrium cells
  • HP densimeters and viscosimeters
  • High pressure filtration
  • Traction-compression machine, stress permeameter
  • HP quartz microbalance
  • X-ray microtomograph
  • Porosimetry (MIP and adsorption)
  • Dynamic tensionmeter, Langmuir balance, ellipsometer, "Hydrates" HP pilots
  • Laser interferometer, magnetic and accoustic anisotropies.

Partnerships

Industrial

TOTAL, EDF SA and GDF SUEZ, STATOIL, BP, PETROBRAS, SINTEF, TIGF

Institutional

ESA, EUROPE (ERC, Marie Curie) IFP-EN

European and International Projects

  • SCCO-SJ10 (CHN, SP, UK, ESA-TOTAL)
  • ENERBIOALGAE: Interreg Sudoe
  • FAILFLOW: FP7 ERC Advanced Grant

Staff

  • 30 researchers and faculty researchers; 3 adjunct
  • 3 professors and 1 research director emeritus
  • 23 PhD students and 8 post-doc
  • 6 TOTAL engineers and 3 research engineers
  • 10 research support personnel

Contact

UFR Sciences and Techniques
Avenue de l'Université BP 1155
64013 Pau cedex

Guillaume Galliero (guillaume.galliero @ univ-pau.fr)

Gilles Pijaudier Cabot (gilles.pijaudier-cabot @ univ-pau.fr)