Department of Mining & Minerals Engineering

Cheng Chen

150Assistant Professor

B.S. Tsinghua University, 2003
M.S. Northwestern University, 2005
Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2008

Contact

108 Holden Hall
Phone: (540) 231-2554
Email: chen08@vt.edu

Expertise

  • Advanced numerical methods in porous media
  • Multiscale simulation of subsurface flow and transport
  • Rock characterization using high-resolution imaging
  • Applications in shale oil and gas, geological carbon sequestration, and water resources.

Current and Past Research

  • Enhanced oil recovery in shale-oil reservoirs using cyclic CO2 huff-n-puff
  • Large-scale convective mixing of geological CO2 sequestration in anisotropic and heterogeneous saline aquifers
  • Effects of heterogeneity and anisotropy on hyporheic exchange

Courses

  • Numerical Methods for Fluid Flow in Petroleum Reservoirs
  • Flow and Transport in Porous Media

Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers (* denotes student authors)

  1. Chen, C., and M. Gu (2017), Investigation of cyclic CO2 huff-and-puff recovery in shale oil reservoirs using reservoir simulation and sensitivity analysis, Fuel, 188, 102-111, DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2016.10.006.
  2. Chen, C. (2016), Multiscale imaging, modeling, and principal component analysis of gas transport in shale reservoirs, Fuel, 182, 761-770, DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2016.06.020.
  3. Chen, C., Z. Wang*, D. Majeti*, N. Vrvilo*, T. Warburton, V. Sarkar, and G. Li (2016), Optimization of lattice Boltzmann simulation with Graphics-Processing-Unit parallel computing and the application in reservoir characterization, SPE Journal, 21(4), 1425-1435, SPE-179733-PA. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/179733-PA.
  4. Chen, C., and L. Zeng (2015), Using the level set method to study the effects of heterogeneity and anisotropy on hyporheic exchange, Water Resources Research, 51, 3617-3634, doi:10.1002/2014WR016444.
  5. Chen, C., V. Martysevich, P. O’Connell, D. Hu, and L. Matzar (2015), Temporal evolution of the geometrical and transport properties of a fracture/proppant system under increasing effective stress, SPE Journal, 20(3), 527-535, SPE-171572-PA. http://dx.doi.org/10.2119/171572-PA.
  6. Zhang, J., L. Zeng, C. Chen, D. Chen, and L. Wu (2015), Efficient Bayesian experimental design for contaminant source identification, Water Resources Research, 51, 576-598, doi:10.1002/2014WR015740.
  7. Chen, C., M. T. Balhoff, and K. K. Mohanty (2014), Effect of reservoir heterogeneity on primary recovery and CO2 huff ‘n’ puff recovery in shale-oil reservoirs, SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, 17(3), 404-413, SPE-164553-PA. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/164553-PA.
  8. Chen, C., D. Hu, D. Westacott, and D. Loveless (2013), Nanometer-scale characterization of microscopic pores in shale kerogen by image analysis and pore-scale modeling, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 14(10), 4066-4075, DOI: 10.1002/ggge.20254.
  9. Chen, C., L. Zeng, and L. Shi (2013), Continuum-scale convective mixing in geological CO2 sequestration in anisotropic and heterogeneous saline aquifers, Advances in Water Resources, 53, 175-187.
  10. Shi, L., L. Zeng, Y. Tang, C. Chen, and J. Yang (2013), Uncertainty quantification of contaminant transport and risk assessment with conditional stochastic collocation method, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 27: 1453-1464, DOI: 10.1007/s00477-012-0682-x.
  11. Zhang, W., T. S. Sileika, C. Chen, Y. Liu, J. Lee, and A. I. Packman (2011), A novel planar flow cell for studies of biofilm heterogeneity and flow-biofilm interactions, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 108: 2571-2582, DOI: 10.1002/bit.23234.
  12. Chen, C., and D. Zhang (2010), Pore-scale simulation of density-driven convection in fractured porous media during geological CO2 sequestration, Water Resources Research, 46, W11527, doi:10.1029/2010WR009453.
  13. Chen, C., A. I. Packman, D. Zhang, and J. Gaillard (2010), A multi-scale investigation of interfacial transport, pore fluid flow, and fine particle deposition in a sediment bed, Water Resources Research, 46, W11560, doi:10.1029/2009WR009018.
  14. Chen, C., and D. Zhang (2009), Lattice Boltzmann simulation of the rise and dissolution of two-dimensional immiscible droplets, Physics of Fluids, 21, 103301, doi: 10.1063/1.3253385.
  15. Chen, C., B. L. T. Lau, J. Gaillard, and A. I. Packman (2009), Temporal evolution of pore geometry, fluid flow, and solute transport resulting from colloid deposition, Water Resources Research, 45, W06416, doi:10.1029/2008WR007252.
  16. Chen, C., A. I. Packman, and J. F. Gaillard (2009), Using X-ray micro-tomography and pore-scale modeling to quantify sediment mixing and fluid flow in a developing streambed, Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L08403, doi:10.1029/2009GL037157.
  17. Chen, C., A. I. Packman, and J. F. Gaillard (2008), Pore-scale analysis of permeability reduction resulting from colloid deposition, Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L07404, doi:10.1029/2007GL033077.
  18. Gaillard, J. F., C. Chen, S. H. Stonedahl, B. L. T. Lau, D. T. Keane, and A. I. Packman (2007), Imaging of colloidal deposits in granular porous media by x-ray difference micro-tomography, Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L18404, doi:10.1029/2007GL030514 [Cover Article and Editor’s Highlight].
  19. Packman, A. I., A. Marion, M. Zaramella, C. Chen, J. F. Gaillard, and D. T. Keane (2006), Development of layered sediment structure and its effects on pore water transport and hyporheic exchange, Water, Air, and Soil Pollution: Focus, 6: 433-442, doi: 10.1007/s11267-006-9057-y.

Selected Conference Papers/Presentations (* denotes student authors)

  1. Fan, M.*, J. E. McClure, Y. Han, and C. Chen (2017), Interaction between Proppant Packing, Reservoir Depletion, and Fluid Flow in Hydraulic Fractures, OTC-27907-MS, Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2017, Houston, Texas, USA, May 1-4.
  2. Fan, M.*, J. E. McClure, Y. Han, and C. Chen (2017), Interaction between Proppant Packing, Reservoir Depletion, and Fluid Flow in Pore Space, 2017 SME Annual Conference & Expo, Denver, CO, February 19-22. 
  3. Gu, M., M. Fan*, and C. Chen (2017), Proppant Optimization for Foam Fracturing in Shale and Tight Reservoirs, SPE-185071-MS, SPE Canada Unconventional Resources Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, February 15-16.
  4. Fan, M.*, J. E. McClure, Y. Han, and C. Chen (2016), Interaction between Proppant Packing, Reservoir Depletion, and Fluid Flow in Pore Space, Abstract # H53D-1739, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Froncisco, December 16.
  5. Chen, C. (2015), Investigation of gas transport in shale reservoirs using multiscale modeling and principal component analysis, SPE 174997, SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Houston, Texas, USA, September 28-30.
  6. Hu, D., M. Garcia, C. Chen, D.E. Wyatt, and V.N. Martysevich (2015), Correlations Between Nano-Scale Geology and Porosity Logs of Vaca Muerta Shales, SPE 175024, SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Houston, Texas, USA, September 28-30.
  7. Hamza, S., C. Chen, M. Gu, J.A. Quirein, V.N. Martysevich, and L. Matzar (2015), Characterization of Anisotropic Elastic Moduli and Stress for Unconventional Reservoirs using Laboratory Static and Dynamic Geomechanical Data, SPE 175907, SPE Unconventional Resources Conference, Galgary, Alberta, Canada, October 20-22.
  8. Hu, D., D. Wyatt, C. Chen, and V. Martysevich (2015), Correlating recovery efficiency to pore throat characteristics using digital rock analysis, SPE 173393, SPE Digital Energy Conference and Exhibition, The Woodlands, Texas, USA, March 3-5.
  9. Chen, C., D. Hu, and V. Martysevich (2014), Applications of high-resolution imaging and high-performance parallel computing in unconventional energy recovery, SPE-171730-MS, The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 10-13.
  10. Chen, C., V. Martysevich, P. O’Connell, D. Hu, and L. Matzar (2014), Temporal evolution of the geometrical and transport properties of a fracture-proppant system under increasing mechanical loading, SPE-171572-MS, 2014 Unconventional Resources Conference-Canada, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 30-October 2.
  11. Chen, C., J. Hampton, and V. Martysevich (2014), Level set method for tracking the penetration front of a fracturing fluid in heterogeneous reservoirs, SPE-171584-MS, 2014 Unconventional Resources Conference-Canada, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 30-October 2.
  12. Hu, D., V. Yang, G. Li, C. Chen, and L. Matzar (2013), Understanding true unconventional reservoir properties using nanoscale technology, SPE 167326, SPE Kuwait Oil and Gas Show and Conference, Mishref, Kuwait, October 7-10.
  13. Chen, C., M. T. Balhoff, and K. K. Mohanty (2013), Effect of reservoir heterogeneity on improved shale oil recovery by CO2 huff-n-puff, SPE 164553, SPE Unconventional Resources Conference, The Woodlands, TX, April 12.