Researcher biography

Christopher Leonardi, Ph.D., is a Lecturer within the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering.

His research effort in this post, in collaboration with some of the world's largest oil production and services companies, is currently targeted at the development of large-scale numerical models which can be used to provide insight into the complex characteristics of multiphase fluid flows in oil and gas reservoirs. This has included the creation of a computational framework which uses micro-CT images of core samples and a range of numerical methods to determine the permeability of reservoir rocks, and the combination of non-Newtonian fluids and suspended particles to simulate the behavior of proppants in hydraulic fractures. Projects in the immediate future will include capturing the behavior of thin films in simulations of multiphase flows in porous media as well as the transport of methane in low porosity shale.

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