Imaging two-phase fluid distributions under different wettability states and measuring the contact angles in situ.

Dynamic imaging and numerical simulation of reactive transport through porous media.

Quantification of connectivity of non-wetting phase ganglia in (quasi) steady-state two-phase flow

Direct simulation of two-phase flow through porous media at at small scales

  The Imperial College Consortium on Pore-Scale Modelling and Imaging uses innovative methods to image rock samples at micron resolution, and the fluids within the pore spaces, at reservoir conditions of temperature and pressure.  These images are analysed in combination with averaged measurements of pressure differential to obtain both a pore-scale understanding of displacement processes as well as averaged properties, such as relative permeability, curvatures, contact angles, interfacial areas, connectivity and capillary pressure.  The second main strand of our research is to develop a suite of modelling tools – including direct simulation and pore network modelling – to interpret and predict our results, and to explore behaviour outside the range of conditions studied experimentally.  We study multiphase flow in porous media, the effects of wettability and reactive transport.



  • Access to all software developed.
  • Six-monthly project meetings.
  • Copies of all preprints and theses.

Current group members

Martin Blunt, Shell Professor of Reservoir Engineering – overall supervision and theories of multiphase flow in porous media.
Branko Bijeljic, Senior Research Fellow – multiphase flow and reactive transport.
Ali Raeini,  Post-doctoral researcher – multiphase flow on pore-space images.
Lewis Lin,  Post-doctoral researcher – pore-scale imaging and experiments.
Ying Gao  –  Post-doctoral researcher – pore-scale imaging and experiments.
Sajjad Fouroughi  –  Post-doctoral researcher – pore-scale imaging and experiments.
Yihuai Zhang  –  Post-doctoral researcher – pore-scale imaging and experiments.
Chenchen Wang  –  Visiting post-doctoral researcher on pore-scale modelling.
Rodolfo Oliveira – 3rd year PhD student – pore-scale simulation of reactive transport.
Takashi Akai – 3rd year PhD student – lattice Boltzmann simulation.
Alessio Scanziani – 3rd year PhD student – imaging of three-phase flow.
Abdulla Alhosani – 2nd year PhD student – imaging of near-miscible three-phase flow.
Ahmed Selem – 2nd year PhD student – low salinity waterflooding.
Luke Giudici – 1st year PhD student – pore-scale modelling and the effect of wettability.


Funding from a consortium of companies is requested at a level of £30,000 per year.   The Consortium at present has support from the  following companies: