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

Research Group Website: Chen-Lab

Dr. Chen Google Scholar Profile

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

  • Interactions between proppant compaction, embedment, and single-/multiphase flows in hydraulic fractures
  • Enhanced oil recovery in shale-oil reservoirs using cyclic CO2 huff-and-puff
  • Large-scale convective mixing of geologic CO2 sequestration in anisotropic and heterogeneous saline aquifers
  • Effects of streambed heterogeneity and anisotropy on hyporheic exchange
  • Data analytics and the application to underground mine safety and health

Courses

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

Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers (* denotes student authors)

  1. Fan, M.*, J. McClure, Y. Han, Z. Li, and C. Chen (2017), Interaction between Proppant Compaction and Single-/Multiphase Flows in a Hydraulic Fracture, SPE Journal, accepted.
  2. Hamza, F., C. Chen, M. Gu, J. Quirein, V. Martysevich, and L. Matzar (2017), Characterization of Anisotropic Elastic Moduli and Stress for Unconventional Reservoirs using Laboratory Static and Dynamic Geomechanical Data, SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, accepted.
  3. Zhou, H.*, X Yu*, C. Chen, L. Zeng, S. Lu, and L. Wu (2017), Using synchrotron-based X-ray micro-computed tomography and high-performance pore-scale simulation to evaluate hydraulic properties in biochar-amended soil aggregates, Soil Science Society of America Journal, accepted.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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].
  22. 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.

Conference Papers/Presentations (* denotes student authors)

  1. Fan, M.*, Y. Han, J. McClure, and C. Chen (2017), Conductivity Evolution of Fracture Proppant in Partial Monolayers and Multilayers, Abstract # H11G-1270, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, New Orleans, December 11.
  2. Fan, M.*, J. McClure, D. Crandall, L. Dalton, K. Jarvis, and C. Chen (2017), Combining Pore-scale Simulation Capabilities with NETL’s Geoimaging Lab Facilities to Develop Digital Rock Technologies for Geologic Carbon Sequestration and Oil & Gas Applications, 2017 Mastering the Subsurface Through Technology Innovation, Partnerships and Collaboration: Carbon Storage and Oil and Natural Gas Technologies Review Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, August 1-3.
  3. Fan, M.*, Y. Han, J. McClure, and C. Chen (2017), Hydraulic Fracture Conductivity as a Function of Proppant Concentration under Various Effective Stresses: from Partial Monolayer to Multilayer Proppants, Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC), Austin, Texas, July 24-26.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Jin, C., M. Hall, and C. Chen (2016), Statistical characterization of heterogeneous flow fields confined to random porous media, 25th International Conference on Discrete Simulation of Fluid Dynamics (DSFD), Shenzhen, China, July 3-8.
  9. Hamza, F., M. Gu, J. Quirein, C. Chen, V. Martysevich, L. Matzar (2016), Improved Characterization of Anisotropic Elastic Moduli and Stress for Unconventional Reservoirs Using Laboratory Mineralogy, TOC, Static, and Dynamic Geomechanical Data, SPWLA 57th Annual Logging Symposium, Reykjavik, Iceland, June 25-29.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Hamza, F., 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Chen, C., D. Hu, D. Westacott, and D. Loveless (2013), Optimization of enhanced shale gas recovery based on nanometer-scale imaging and modeling, SEG Workshop: The Role of Geophysics in Unlocking Unconventional Reservoirs, Dubai, UAE, November 17-20.
  18. 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.
  19. Chen, C., D. Hu, G. Li, D. Westacott, and D. Loveless (2013), Nanometer-scale characterization of microscopic pores in shale kerogen, UNGI (Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil Institute) CIMMM Consortium Annual Meeting, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, April 18.
  20. 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.
  21. Chen, C., M. T. Balhoff, and K. K. Mohanty (2012), Effect of reservoir heterogeneity on enhanced shale oil recovery by CO2 huff-n-puff, Gas Enhanced Oil Recovery Meeting, Austin, TX, October 5.
  22. Peng, D., M. Alsina, C. Chen, D. Keane, A. I. Packman, J. Gaillard, A. F. Aubeneau, P. A. Pasten, and G. Pizarro (2009), Determining the concentration and distribution of arsenic deposits in rock matrices and porous media by X-ray difference microtomography, Abstract # H13C-0972, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2009.
  23. Chen, C., and D. Zhang (2009), Investigation of geological CO2 sequestration by pore-scale lattice Boltzmann method, U.S.-China Workshop on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage, Beijing, China, November 11-12.
  24. Zhang, W., T. Sileika, C. Chen, Y. Liu, and A. I. Packman (2009), Effects of fluid conditions on multi-species interactions in biofilms, 5th ASM Conference on Biofilms, Cancun, Mexico, November 15-19.
  25. Packman, A. I., W. Zhang, T. Sileika, C. Chen, and Y. Liu (2009), Interplay between environmental gradients and biofilm growth, 5th ASM Conference on Biofilms, Cancun, Mexico, November 15-19.
  26. Zhang, W., T. Sileika, C. Chen, Y. Liu, and A. I. Packman (2009), Ecological interactions in multi-species biofilms under imposed gradients of fluid flow and nutrient influx, Abstract # 09-GM-A-2188-ASM, ASM 109th General Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, May 2009.
  27. Packman, A. I., J. F. Gaillard, P. Pasten, G. Pizarro, M. Alsina, A. Vega, A. Florenzano, L. MacDonald, and, C. Chen (2009), Linking contaminant migration in rivers to contaminant reservoirs in fluvial sediments: The unusual case of arsenic in the Rio Loa Watershed, Atacama desert, Chile, Seventh International Symposium on Ecohydraulics, Concepcion, Chile, January 2009.
  28. Packman, A. I., J. F. Gaillard, P. Pasten, G. Pizarro, M. Alsina, A. Vega, A. Florenzano, L. MacDonald, and C. Chen (2008), Combined physical and biogeochemical processes control the mobility of arsenic in rivers of the Atacama desert, Northern Chile, Abstract # H52B-02, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2008.
  29. Chen, C., B. L. T. Lau, J. F. Gaillard, D. T. Keane, and A. I. Packman (2007), Pore-scale Simulation of the Effects of Colloid Deposition on Fluid Flow and Solute Transport, Abstract #H43J-06, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2007.
  30. Chen, C., A. I. Packman, D. T. Keane, and J. F. Gaillard (2006), Use of 3D X-ray Computed Microtomography to Observe in situ Sediment Structure and Colloidal Zirconia Deposits at the Pore Scale, Abstract #H54D-05, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2006 [Outstanding Student Paper Award].
  31. Chen, C., A. I. Packman, D. T. Keane, and J. F. Gaillard (2005), Use of 3D X-ray Computed Microtomography to Observe the Development of Sediment Structure and Colloidal Zirconia Deposits at the Pore Scale, Abstract #H53B-0463, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2005.
  32. Stone, S. H., C. Chen, D. T. Keane, J. F. Gaillard, and A. I. Packman (2004), Use of 3D X-ray Microtomography to Observe the Structure of Colloidal Zirconia Deposits in Sand Columns, Abstract #H33A-0456, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2004.