Imperial College London

DrBrankoBijeljic

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Senior Research Fellow
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 6420b.bijeljic

 
 
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Location

 

2.53Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Summary

Biography

  • Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College  2015-
  • Research Fellow, Imperial College  2005-2014
  • Research Associate, Imperial College  2000-2004
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Imperial College  1996-2000

Recent Measures of Esteem

INVITED/KEYNOTE TALKS

  • keynote talk at XX International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR 2014), Stuttgart, 9-13 June 2014.
  • at the UKCCSRC Biannual Meeting “CCS in the Bigger Picture”, Queen’s College, Cambridge, 2-3 April 2014.
  • at the workshop “Concepts & Conundrums in Reacting and Deformable Porous Media” at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, 27-28 March 2014.
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, USA, December 2013.
  • keynote talk at the Porous Media Process Modelling (PMPM) workshop on 3D Imaging and Applications to Geosciences, Dundee, 7-8 October 2013.
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Geoscience Conference, Padua, Italy, June 2013.
  • European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, April 2013.
  • Synchrotron Users Meeting at Diamond Light Source, Didcot, UK, September 2012.
  • 3rd International Conference on Porous Media - INTERPORE, Bordeaux, France, March 2011.
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Geoscience Conference, Long Beach, USA, March 2011.
  • 2nd Complexity in Oil Industry (COI) Meeting, Natal, Brazil, November 2011.
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, USA, December 2009.
  • European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, April 2009.
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA,  August 2008.

EDITORIAL / CONFERENCES - SESSION CHAIR

  • guest editor of the special issue " Reactive Transport in Subsurface: Mixing, Spreading and Reaction in Heterogeneous Media", Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 120-121, March 2011.
  • “Multiphase Flow and Reactive Transport in Heterogeneous Porous Media: Theory, Numerical Methods and Experiments” session, at the 5th International Conference on Porous Media (INTERPORE), Prague, Czech Republic, May 2013.
  • “Reactive Transport in Permeable Media” session at the Annual Conference of the American Geological Union (AGU), San Francisco, California, USA, December 2012.
  • “Flow and Reactive Transport in Heterogeneous Media: New Insights Obtained From the Interaction Between Experiment and Theory” session at the Annual Conference of the American Geological Union (AGU), San Francisco, California, USA, December 2008.
  • “Nonlocal Modeling of Effective Transport in Heterogeneous Porous Media: Comparison of Theory and Observation/Experiment and Future Directions” session at the Annual Conference of the American Geological Union (AGU), San Francisco, California, USA, December 2006.

Research Interests

My main research themes are:

A) Developing Carbon Abatement Technologies IN OIL INDUSTRY

Pore-scale imaging (both on micro-CT scanners and synchrotron sources at Diamond Light Source, Didcot, UK and Elettra, Trieste, Italy); modelling gas injection in multiphase flow in porous media;  reactive transport in porous media; modelling and experimental studies of trapping of carbon-dioxide in porous media. Pore-scale direct simulation finite-volume based models (e.g. Bijeljic et al., Phys. Rev. E, 2013, Raeini et al., 2012) on micro-CT images and pore network models (e.g. Bijeljic et al., Phys. Rev. E, 2011; Blunt et al., Adv. Water Resour., 2013) are used to describe single and multiphase (gas/oil/water) flow in geologically representative  porous rocks at the macroscopic scale.

The specific applications closely associated with this theme include CO2 storage in geological formations (aquifers and oil reservoirs) and enhanced oil recovery.

This work has been sponsored by Qatar Petroleum, Shell and Qatar Science and Technology Park, Pore-scale Modelling Consortium, Total, EPSRC, ETI and NERC. I am a member of and collaborating with the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Consortium, as well as QCCSRC and Shell Grand Challenge Programme on Clean Fossil Fuels and Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College.

B) Developing Modelling Tools for Contaminant Transport in Subsurface Hydrology AND PETROLEUM ENGINEERING

Preasymptotic and asymptotic liquid and gas dispersion in porous media; developed a novel methodology based on probability density functions of transit times between pores to fully describe solute dispersion. The outcome of this approach has been to unifiy pore-scale network modelling with Continuous Time Random Walks (CTRW) theory and experiment (Bijeljic et al., Water Resour. Res., 2004; Bijeljic and Blunt, Water Resour. Res., 2006). Relying on this concept, a physically-based explanation for anomalous transport processes in natural porous media has been provided at multiple scales (Rhodes et al. Adv. Water Resour., 2008).

Furthermore, a novel modelling approach based on direct simulation of flow and transport on the voxelised micro-CT images of natural porous media has resulted in a novel methodology to explain the origin of non-Fickian transport by looking into and relating probability density functions of velocity and displacement (Bijeljic et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 2011; Bijeljic et al. Phys. Rev. E, 2013; Bijeljic et al., Water Resour. Res., 2013) - these can be routinely used for fast characterisation of porous media heterogeneity.

The specific applications include contaminant transport in aquifers and tracer and miscible displacement studies in oil and gas reservoirs.

C) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Visualisation of flow in porous media

Coupled parallel fluid flow in heterogeneous porous media  has been visualised by the non-invasive technique of MRI (Bijeljic et al., Phys. Fluids 2001; Bijeljic et al., Chem. Eng. Sci. 2004). This research has been conducted in collaboration with The Magnetic Resonance Researh Centre in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Cambridge University (Prof. Lynn Gladden). One of the most important boundary conditions in porous media, namely at the interface of free flow region and a porous structure has been shown to be greatly influenced by flow expansions/contractions in the free flow region. This has implications in the design of many industrial processes as well as in the description of flow in fractured porous media.

The specific applications closely associated with this research theme include mass transfer in packed beds, resin transfer moulding, heat and mass exchangers and filtration.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Bijeljic B, Mostaghimi P, Blunt MJ, 2013, Insights into non- Fickian solute transport in carbonates, Water Resources Research, Vol:49, ISSN:0043-1397, Pages:2714-2728

Bijeljic B, Blunt MJ, 2007, Pore-scale modeling of transverse dispersion in porous media, Water Resources Research, Vol:43, ISSN:0043-1397

Dentz M, Le Borgne T, Englert A, et al., 2011, Mixing, spreading and reaction in heterogeneous media: A brief review, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Vol:120-21, ISSN:0169-7722, Pages:1-17

Bijeljic B, Markicevic B, Navaz HK, 2011, Capillary climb dynamics in the limits of prevailing capillary and gravity force, Physical Review E, Vol:83, ISSN:1539-3755

Bijeljic B, Mostaghimi P, Blunt MJ, 2011, Signature of Non-Fickian Solute Transport in Complex Heterogeneous Porous Media, Physical Review Letters, Vol:107, ISSN:0031-9007

Raeini AQ, Blunt MJ, Bijeljic B, 2012, Modelling two-phase flow in porous media at the pore scale using the volume-of-fluid method, Journal of Computational Physics, Vol:231, ISSN:0021-9991, Pages:5653-5668

Bijeljic B, Raeini A, Mostaghimi P, et al., 2013, Predictions of non-Fickian solute transport in different classes of porous media using direct simulation on pore-scale images, Physical Review E, Vol:87, ISSN:2470-0045

Bijeljic B, Mantle MD, Sederman AJ, et al., 2004, Slow flow across macroscopically semi-circular fibre lattices and a free-flow region of variable width-visualisation by magnetic resonance imaging, Chemical Engineering Science, Vol:59, ISSN:0009-2509, Pages:2089-2103

Bijeljic B, Muggeridge AH, Blunt MJ, 2003, Multicomponent mass transfer across water films during hydrocarbon gas injection, Chemical Engineering Science, Vol:58, ISSN:0009-2509, Pages:2377-2388

Bijeljic B, Mantle MD, Sederman AJ, et al., 2001, Slow flow across macroscopically rectangular fiber lattices and an open region: Visualization by magnetic resonance imaging, Physics of Fluids, Vol:13, ISSN:1070-6631, Pages:3652-3663

Bijeljic B, Blunt MJ, 2006, Pore-scale modeling and continuous time random walk analysis of dispersion in porous media, Water Resources Research, Vol:42, ISSN:0043-1397

Bijeljic B, Muggeridge AH, Blunt MJ, 2004, Pore-scale modeling of longitudinal dispersion, Water Resources Research, Vol:40, ISSN:0043-1397

Rhodes ME, Bijeljic B, Blunt MJ, 2008, Pore-to-field simulation of single-phase transport using continuous time random walks, Advances in Water Resources, Vol:31, ISSN:0309-1708, Pages:1527-1539

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