About RERI

Overview

RERI is a nonprofit research and educational organization which was founded in January 1990 to carry out in-depth research in some key areas of petroleum reservoir engineering. The institute has evolved as a world leader in the areas of thermodynamics of hydrocarbon reservoirs and production, gas injection processes, and fractured and layered reservoirs.

Experimental, theoretical, and numerical research are conducted at RERI. Laboratory research work is performed at our laboratory equipped with high pressure visual coreholder and flooding apparatus which can house several large-size matrix blocks.

The research projects are divided into two main categories:

  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Flow

Irreversible thermodynamics, interfacial thermodynamics and bulk-phase equilibrium thermodynamics cover research projects related to kinetics of hydrate, wax, and asphaltene precipitation and deposition, compositional variation in hydrocarbon reservoirs, gas condensate reservoirs, and cold production in heavy oil reservoirs, as well as efficient computations for hydrocarbon reservoir simulations.

Fluid flow mainly focuses on multiphase multicomponent flow in both fractured/layered and homogenous media. Issues related to natural depletion, gas injection and water injection are addressed. Effect of capillarity on flow in fractured porous media is the focus of research. Another important project is the alteration of wettability to intermediate and complete gas-wetting of porous media for a wide range of applications. Recently, we have embarked on a project to establish the reservoir properties from the gravitational potential variation of the sun and the moon.

Professor Firoozabadi is the principal investigator of the above research projects. Several scientists, post doctoral fellows, visiting scientists, and Ph.D. students' work comprise the research led at RERI.

Applicants with high skills in the areas of fluid flow, thermodynamics, and applied mathematics, with a Ph.D. degree in Petroleum, Chemical, or Mechanical Engineering, and other related disciplines are encouraged to apply. We also offer the opportunity for visiting scientists from other countries to work on well-defined research projects which cover specific challenges for periods ranging from 2 to 8 months.


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Board of Directors

 

136

Dr. Bret
Beckner

Consultant

136

Dr. Kjetil
B. Haugen

ExxonMobil

136

Prof. Abbas
Firoozabadi

RERI, Yale University

136

Prof. Alain
Gringarten

Imperial College London

136

Prof. Clay
Radke

UC - Berkeley

136

Dr. Kent
Thomas

consultant

136

Dr. Kristian
Mogensen

Maersk Oil

136

Dr. Toshiyuki
Anraku

JAPEX

136

Dr. Philippe
Cordelier

Total-France

Former Board Members


136

Dr. David
Bergman

2004-2008

affiliation at the time:
BP

136

Prof. George
Cooper

1990-2001

affiliation at the time:
UC - Berkeley

136

Prof. George
Homsy

1991-1993

affiliation at the time:
Stanford University

136

Mr. Jerry
Jargon

1996-1998

affiliation at the time:
Marathon Oil Company

136

Prof. Hossein
Kazemi

1990-1995

affiliation at the time:
Marathon Oil Company

136

Mr. Alain
Labastie

1993-1997

affiliation at the time:
Elf Aquitaine Production

136

Prof. Gary
Pope

1995-2008

affiliation at the time:
University of Texas - Austin

136

Dr. Tomomi
Yamada

2011-2013

affiliation at the time:
JAPEX

136

Dr. Jeff
Creek

affiliation at the time:
Chevron

Prof. Tom Hewett

1994-2007

affiliation at the time: Stanford University

Mr. Gérard Stock

1991-1992

affiliation at the time: Elf Aquitaine Production

Dr. Rafi Al-Hussainy

1994-1995

affiliation at the time: Mobil Research & Development Corp.

Dr. Olivier Guillon

1990

affiliation at the time:
Elf Aquitaine Production

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