Global warming is one of the major concerns of humankind and many scientists are alerting the need of actions to be taken here and now to limit the greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. A worldwide effort is put in place, but solutions need to be validated and improved. The program Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) is one of the viable solutions for reducing CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. CO2 storage in different conditions is a promising action and a big effort is devoted to foresee its multiple effects. Various CO2 trapping mechanisms contribute to the overall CO2 storage in a generic reservoir as a function of time. How fast and efficient these mechanisms are, is still poorly understood, and this project will address mainly the impact of convection on the solubility of CO2 in brines, which could be much faster than anticipated due to the concurring hydrodynamic instabilities. Experimental activities are currently performed within the CO2ES Industrial Chair. This project will be focused on simulations about the convective dissolution of CO2 in brine after injection in deep salted aquifers.
LFCR: From the nanometer to hundreds of kilometers, from the nanosecond to a million years, from the physics and chemistry of interfaces, through the thermodynamics of fluids under flow, to reservoir geology, geomechanics and geophysics, status as an “industrial” UMR (Joint Research Unit), supervised by TOTAL, the CNRS and the UPPA, the LFCR is an innovative and remarkable research unit in more than one way. Its specific focus, essentially based on the study of fossil georesources, and totally in phase with the local socio-economical context, sets it apart regarding applications and enables it to host internationally-recognized teams.
The candidate must hold a Master or equivalent degree with a strong background in applied mathematics and Computational Fluid Dynamics including multiphase flow and porous media. Good programming skills with fluency in C++ are expected and be interested in physics and team working are mandatory. Knowledge of DuMuX and interest in geochemistry are a plus. Good knowledge in English and good writing skills are required.