Dr. Yu-Shu Wu

Adjunct Professor, CIPR
  • 2008-Present
    Professor (Tenured) and Energi Simulation (Formerly, Foundation CMG) Reservoir Modeling Chair, Dept. of Petroleum Engineering (PE), Colorado School of Mines (CSM), Golden CO, USA.
    Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in petroleum reservoir engineering and numerical reservoir simulation, well testing analysis, secondary and tertiary oil recovery methods (EOR/IOR), flow and transport phenomena in porous media and in unconventional reservoirs, and geothermal reservoir engineering.
    Advise M.S. and Ph. D graduate students for their thesis research in the areas of reservoir simulation, flow and transport in porous media, CO2 EOR application, CO2 sequestration, fractured reservoir studies, development of unconventional petroleum resources, coupled geomechanics-flow simulation, well testing analysis, and reservoir engineering in general.
    Lead the Energy Modeling Group (EMG) of the PE Department in its research effort in (1) CO2 EOR application and CO2 sequestration; (2) improved formation stimulation/cryogenic fracturing technologies; (3) advanced reservoir simulation technologies; (4) unconventional oil and gas reservoir simulation; (5) fractured reservoir characterization; (6) coupled thermal-hydrologic-mechanic-chemical (THMC) processes in reservoirs; and (7) hydraulic fracture modeling.
  • 2008 – Present
    Guest Scientist, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, California, participating in collaborated research projects on development on unconventional natural gas/oil resources, nuclear waste disposal, CO2 sequestration, enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), and cryogenic fracturing technology.
  • Feb 2017-Present
    Scientist IV, National Center for Mechanical and Thermal Science and Engineering, National Renewable Research Laboratory (NREL), 15301 Denver West Parkway. Golden, CO 80401.
  • 2016 – Present
    Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) member, the National IOR Centre of Norway.
  • 1995 – 2008
    Staff Geological Scientist, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), University of California, Berkeley, CA.
    Principal Investigator (PI), led a multidisciplinary team in quantitative investigations of

Educational Qualification

  • Ph.D. Reservoir Engineering, Department of Materials Sciences and Mineral Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA USA
  • M.S. Reservoir Engineering, Department of Materials Sciences and Mineral Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA USA
  • M.S. Petroleum Engineering, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Southwest Petroleum Institute (Currently, Southwest Petroleum University), China
  • B.S.(Eqv.) Petroleum Engineering, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Daqing Petroleum Institute (Currently, Northeast Petroleum University), Heilongjiang, China

Research Interests

My primary research interests and experiences are in the general area of reservoir engineering, specifically, in reservoir characterization and simulation, including modeling coupled processes of multiphase fluid flow, multicomponent chemicals transport, heat transfer, and rock deformation in EOR/IOR processes; CO2 flooding and geosequestration; fractured reservoir characterization; and non-Newtonian and non-Darcy flow behavior. My objectives of research have been to develop and apply mathematical models and computational approaches for quantitative investigations of real-world problems in flow and transport through porous media. I have developed a number of reservoir simulators and modeling approaches, which are currently used in petroleum industry, groundwater and environmental communities inside and outside of the US.
My major contributions to flow and transport in porous and fractured reservoirs and reservoir simulations have been well documented in my scientific publications through various revenues. I have published (authored and coauthored) about 300+ scientific papers, conference articles and presentations, and technical reports, including about 130 peer-reviewed journal papers, 2 books, 19 book/chapters, and 60+ SPE papers.

Selected Publications

  • Tang, Huiying, Shihao Wang. Congbin Yin, Yuan Di, Yu-Shu Wu, and Yonghong Wang, “Fully-coupled multi-physical simulation with physics-based nonlinearity-elimination preconditioned inexact Newton method for enhanced oil recovery,” Commun. Comput. Phys., Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 244-265, 2019
  • Farah, N., M. Delorme, D.Y. Ding, Yu-Shu Wu, and D. Bossie Codreanu, “Flow modelling of unconventional shale reservoirs using a DFM-MINC proximity function,” Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Vol. 173, pp. 222-236, 2019
  • Tian, Ye, Xiangyu Yu, Jun Li, Keith B. Neeves, Xiaolong Yin, and Yu-Shu Wu, “Scaling law for slip flow of gases in nanoporous media from nanofluidics, rocks, and pore-scale simulations,” Fuel, Vol.236, 1 pp. 1065-1077, 2019
  • Wang, Shihao, Alexander A. Lukyanov, and Yu-Shu Wu, “Second-order gas slippage model for the Klinkenberg effect of multicomponent gas at finite Knudsen numbers up to 1,” Fuel, Vol. 235, 1 pp. 1275-1286, 2019
  • Ding, D.Y., N. Farah, B. Bourbiaux, Yu-Shu Wu, and I. Mestiri, “Simulation of matrix-fracture interaction in low-permeability fractured unconventional reservoirs,” SPE Journal, pp. 1389-1411, 2018
  • Huang, Zhaoqin, Xiaoyu Zhang, Jun Yao, and Yu-Shu Wu, “Non-Darcy displacement by a non-Newtonian fluid in porous media according to the Barree-Conway model,” Advances in Geo-Energy Research, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp.74-85, 2017
  • Cha, Minsu, Naif B. Alqahtani, Xiaolong Yin, Timothy J. Kneafsey, Bowen Yao, Yu-Shu Wu, “Laboratory system for studying cryogenic thermal rock fracturing for well stimulation,” Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 156, pp.780-789, 2017
  • Wang, Lei, Ye Tian, Xiangyu Yu, Cong Wang, Bowen Yao, Shihao Wang, Philip H Winterfeld, Xu Wang. Zhenzhou Yang, Yonghong Wang, Jingyuan Cui, and Yu-Shu Wu, “Advances in improved/enhanced oil recovery technologies for tight and shale reservoirs,” Fuel 210, pp. 425-445, 2017
  • Xiong, Yi, Jinbiao Yu, Hongxia Sun, Jiangru Yuan, Zhaoqin Huang, and Yu-Shu Wu, “A new non-Darcy flow model for low velocity multiphase flow in tight reservoirs,” Transport in Porous Media, Vol. 117, 3, pp 367–383, 2017
  • Zhang, Ronglei, Philip H. Winterfeld, Xiaolong Yin, Yu-Shu Wu, and Yi Xiong. “Coupled geomechanical and reactive geochemical model for fluid, heat flow and convective mixing: application for CO2 geological sequestration into saline aquifer with heterogeneity,” International Journal of Global Warming, Vol. 13,  pp. 197-236, 2017
  • Farah, N., D.-Y., Ding, and Yu-Shu Wu, “Simulation of the impact of fracturing-fluid-induced formation damage in shale gas reservoirs,” doi:10.2118/173264-pa. SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering, pp. 532-546, 2017
  • Lei Wang, Bowen Yao, Haojun Xie, Philip H. Winterfeld, Timothy J. Kneafsey, Xiaolong Yin, Yu-Shu Wu,” CO2 injection-induced fracturing in naturally fractured shale rocks,” Energy,Vol. 139, 15, pp. 1094-1110, 2017
  • Wang, Shihao, Andrew E. Pomerantz, Wenyue Xu, Alexander A. Lukyanov, Robert L. Kleinberg, Yu-Shu Wu, “The impact of kerogen properties on shale gas production: A reservoir simulation sensitivity analysis.” Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, Vol. 48, pp. 13-23, 2017
  • Wang, Lei, Bowen Yao, Haojun Xie, Timothy J. Kneafsey, Philip H. Winterfeld, Xiaolong Yin, and Yu-Shu Wu, “Experimental investigation of injection-induced fracturing during supercritical CO2 sequestration,” International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, Volume 63, PP. 107-117, August 2017
  • Wang, Shihao, Alexander A. Lukyanov, Lei Wang, Yu-Shu Wu, Andrew Pomerantz, Wenyue Xu, and Robert Kleinberg, “A non-empirical gas slippage model for low to moderate Knudsen numbers,” Physics of Fluids, 29, 2017
  • Yao, Bowen, Lei Wang, Xiaolong Yin, Yu-Shu Wu, “Numerical modeling of cryogenic fracturing process on laboratory-scale Niobrara shale samples,” Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering, Vol. 48, pp. 169-177, 2017