Cheng Chen

Assistant Professor
118A Surge Building

Expertise

  • Single and multiphase flow in porous media
  • Advanced numerical methods in porous media
  • Multiscale numerical modeling of flow and transport in geologic formations
  • Rock characterization using high-resolution CT and SEM imaging
  • Granular geomechanics
  • Applications to shale oil and gas, geologic carbon sequestration, water resources, and geologic disposal of nuclear waste

Education

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

 

  • Development of a machine-learning-based, scale-bridging data assimilation framework with applications to geologic carbon sequestration.
  • The role of a heterogeneous permeability field on miscible density-driven convection in porous media
  • Fundamentals of proppant compaction and embedment in hydraulic fractures
  • The role of temperature on non-Darcian flow in low-permeability porous media
  • The influences of heterogeneous surface wettability and varying dimensionless numbers (Capillary number, viscosity ratio, contact angle, etc.) on the multiphase flow properties in geologic formations
  • Enhanced oil recovery in shale-oil reservoirs using cyclic CO2 huff-and-puff
  • Large-scale convective mixing in geologic CO2 sequestration in anisotropic and heterogeneous saline aquifers
  • Effects of streambed heterogeneity and anisotropy on hyporheic exchange
  • MINE 5984SS: Numerical Methods for Fluid Flow in Petroleum Reservoirs. 
    This special-study class has been developed as a new graduate course for the GeoEnergy Engineering Certificate (GEEC) graduate certificate program: Numerical Modeling of Petroleum Reservoirs (MINE 5234). This course covers introduction to oil and gas reservoirs; basic Darcy-scale fluid mechanics in petroleum reservoirs; Numerical solution of partial differential equations on the basis of finite difference methods; 1D, 2D, and 3D single-/two-phase flow simulations; transient and boundary value problems; and the applications to water flooding and hydrocarbon production in petroleum reservoirs.
  • MINE 5984SS: Flow and Transport in Porous Media. 
    This special-study class has been developed as a new graduate course for the GEEC graduate certificate program: Flow and Transport in Petroleum Reservoirs (MINE 5224). This course covers basic principles of fluid dynamics; mass balance equation and Navier-Stokes equations; upscaling to Darcy’s Law; fluid dynamics in pipes and porous media; mass transport in porous media; analytical solution of pressure diffusivity equation using Fourier analysis; initial and boundary problems; and the applications to petroleum engineering and geologic carbon sequestration.
  • MINE 3984SS: Geoenergy Engineering Fundamentals. 
    This special-study class has been developed as a new undergraduate course for the Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE) Undergraduate Minor Program. This course covers introduction to oil and gas reservoirs, petroleum geology, Darcy-scale fluid flow in petroleum reservoirs, rock and fluid properties, reservoir engineering, basics of hydrocarbon recovery mechanisms, and the material balance equation.
  • MINE 5944Graduate Seminar.
  1. Chen, C. (2019), A continuum-scale two-parameter model for non-Darcian flow in low-permeability porous media, Hydrogeology Journal, published online: 04 July 2019, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10040-019-02010-2.
  2. Fan, M.*, L. Dalton, J. McClure, N. Ripepi, E. Westman, D. Crandall, and C. Chen (2019), Comprehensive Study of the Interactions between the Critical Dimensionless Numbers Associated with Multiphase Flow in 3D Porous Media, Fuel, 252, 522-533, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2019.04.098.
  3. Fan, M.*, J. McClure, Y. Han, N. Ripepi, E. Westman, M. Gu, and C. Chen (2019), Using an Experiment/Simulation-integrated Approach to Investigate Fracture Conductivity Evolution and Non-Darcy Flow in a Proppant-Supported Hydraulic Fracture, SPE Journal, 24(4), 1912-1928, SPE-195588-PA, https://doi.org/10.2118/195588-PA.
  4. Gao, H.*, J. Zhang *, C. Liu, J. Man, C. Chen, L. Wu, and L. Zeng (2019), Efficient Bayesian inverse modeling of water infiltration in layered soils, Vadose Zone Journal, 18:190029, doi:10.2136/vzj2019.03.0029.
  5. Zhou, H.*, X. Yu, C. Chen, S. Lu, L. Wu, and L. Zeng (2019), Effects of biochar amendment on solute transport: a 3D pore-scale modeling approach, Journal of Hydrology, 577, 123933, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.123933.
  6. Dong, X.*, C. Chen, and G. Cao (2018), Improving Molecular Sensitivity in X-ray Fluorescence Molecular Imaging (XFMI) of Iodine Distribution in Mouse-Sized Phantoms via Excitation Spectrum Optimization, IEEE Access, 6, 56966-56976, DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2873500.  
  7. Ju, L.*, J. Zhang, C. Chen, L. Wu, and L. Zeng (2018), Water flux characterization through hydraulic head and temperature data assimilation: Numerical modeling and sandbox experiments, Journal of Hydrology, 558, 104-114, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.01.008.
  8. Fan, M.*, J. McClure, Y. Han, Z. Li, and C. Chen (2018), Interaction between Proppant Compaction and Single-/Multiphase Flows in a Hydraulic Fracture, SPE Journal, 23(4), 1290-1303, SPE-189985-PA. https://doi.org/10.2118/189985-PA.
  9. Hamza, F., C. Chen, M. Gu, J. Quirein, V. Martysevich, and L. Matzar (2018), Characterization of Anisotropic Elastic Moduli and Stress for Unconventional Reservoirs using Laboratory Static and Dynamic Geomechanical Data, SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, 21(2), 392-404, SPE-175907-PA. https://doi.org/10.2118/175907-PA.
  10. Zhou, H.*, X Yu *, C. Chen, L. Zeng, S. Lu, and L. Wu (2018), Evaluating Hydraulic Properties of Biochar-Amended Soil Aggregates by High-Performance Pore-Scale Simulations, Soil Science Society of America Journal, 82:1-9, doi:10.2136/sssaj2017.02.0053.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Chen, C., L. Zeng, and L. Shi (2013), Continuum-scale convective mixing in geological COsequestration in anisotropic and heterogeneous saline aquifers, Advances in Water Resources, 53, 175-187.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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].
  29. 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.
  30. Du, L., Q. Fu, C. Chen, C. Jiang, and X. Xing (2003), 2D seepage flow and contaminant transport modeling for groundwater, Hydropower, 29(4): 19-23.
  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.