High Performance Computing of Completion and Near-Wellbore Erosion

Reaction Engineering International (REI) will develop an HPC solution to model perforation erosion and the resulting pressure drop. The model will require no additional experimental data besides material properties. The software will automate the calculation of erosion and flow characteristics, allowing for application in reservoir/hydraulic-fracturing simulators, with the end goal of optimizing fracturing treatments and diversion agent strategies. The software will be capable of exploring a wide variety of erosion scenarios and ultimately helping to select the best solution to optimize production. Cost — DOE: $156,488

Development of Miniaturized High-Temperature Multi-Process Monitoring System

Reaction Engineering International will design, prototype, and demonstrate a monitoring system for boiler condition management. The key objectives are to miniaturize the design; combine quantitative heat flux, deposition rate, relative surface temperature, and metal wastage measurements into a single sensor; and integrate monitoring output with a plant distributed control system (DCS). The project will culminate with a demonstration and characterization of corrosion, deposition, heat flux, and temperature at multiple locations within a full-scale pulverized coal-fired power plant. Cost—DOE Funding: $648,000 / Non-DOE Funding: $162,000 / Total Funding: $810,000

Combustion Performance and Emissions Optimization through Integration of a Miniaturized High-Temperature Multi-Process Monitoring System

Reaction Engineering International will design, prototype, and demonstrate a monitoring system for boiler condition management. The key objectives are to miniaturize the design; combine quantitative heat flux, deposition rate, relative surface temperature, and metal wastage measurements into a single sensor; and integrate monitoring output with a plant distributed control system (DCS). The project will culminate with a demonstration and characterization of corrosion, deposition, heat flux, and temperature at multiple locations within a full-scale pulverized coal-fired power plant. Cost—DOE Funding: $648,000 / Non-DOE Funding: $162,000 / Total Funding: $810,000

Small-Scale Engineered High Flexibility Gasifier

Reaction Engineering International, as part of a team lead by Southern Research Institute (Birmingham, AL) intends to develop a novel, cost-effective, radically engineered modular gasifier. This gasifier would have applications to 1–5-MW energy-conversion systems, such as combined heat and power (CHP). The pressurized oxygen-blown gasifier will use a simple, small-scale modular design and will produce negligible amounts of tar. The gasifier will also be highly flexible to optimize fuel throughput and thermal efficiency; manipulate coal conversion; and produce syngas of a desired composition. The project, if successful, may reduce the cost of coal conversion via an optimized, factory-built modular system to allow scale-up via modular expansion and deployment at remote sites. Cost—DOE: $1,699,965

Leveraging the Uintah Computational Framework for Commercial Simulation of Industrial Flares

Reaction Engineering International is leading a team of university and industrial collaborators at the University of Utah, Clean Air Engineering, and Dynamite Digits to commercialize the application of the Uintah Computational Framework for commercial simulation of elevated and multipoint ground flares for improved prediction of combustion efficiency using large eddy simulation (LES).  The team is developing a web interface to allow non expert users to setup, simulate, and post process results of these high fidelity simulations run on commercially available high performance computing resources.  Funded by the Department of Energy.  Total Funding:  $1,300,000

Development of Enabling Technologies for Chemical Looping Combustion and Chemical Looping with Oxygen Uncoupling (CLOU)

Reaction Engineering International, as part of a team lead by the University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT) will develop technologies to improve system performance and reduce costs of chemical looping combustion and CLOU by focusing on oxygen carrier management and reactor design and operation. Cost—DOE: $1,333,804

Characterizing Impacts of Dry Coal Feeding in High-Pressure Oxy-Coal Combustion Systems

Reaction Engineering International lead a team including the University of Utah, Southeastern University (China), Praxair, Corrosion Management (United Kingdom) and the Electric Power Research Institute to design and construct a dry pulverized coal feeding and firing system for an entrained flow pressurized reactor and to determine how dry feeding affects overall performance of the system. Cost—DOE: $1,229,720 / Non DOE: $307,500 / Total Funding: $1,537,221 (Cost share: 20%)

Characterizing Impacts of High Temperatures and Pressures in Oxy-Coal Combustion Systems

Reaction Engineering International (REI) will team with experts from the University of Utah, Praxair, and Jupiter Oxygen Corporation to perform multi-scale experiments, coupled with mechanism development, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling to generate modeling tools and mechanisms that are capable of describing high temperature and pressurized oxy-coal combustion. Experimental work will be performed at the University of Utah’s Industrial Combustion and Gasification Research Facility using three different pilot-scale reactors including a 100 kilowatt Oxy-Fuel Combustor (above), 1.5 megawatt multi-fuel furnace, and 300 kilowatt Pressurized (17bar) Entrained Flow Gasifier. The experiments will be tailored to provide a comprehensive data set describing heat release profiles, material temperatures, and mineral matter behavior under high temperature and elevated temperature high-pressure flames generated by oxygen combustion of coal with zero or minimum recycle. Mechanism development and CFD-based combustion modeling will be performed by REI. This work builds on DOE contract NT0005288. — Cost: Total: $1,570,596, DOE Share: $1,251,541, Performer Share: $319,055

A HPC-based Flowback and Cleanup Simulator Tool for Horizontal Well Completion and Optimization

Reaction Engineering International was tasked to create a simulation tool that couples geomechanical, reservoir, and fracture flow physics to allow the design of a flowback schedule to optimize fluid recovery and reduce water usage per unit of gas produced. This will result in less water usage per fracturing job, higher recovery rates of water from the well, higher initial production rates and higher ultimate recovery of the resource. This will allow the United States to continue to lead in natural gas production while lowering the amount of water used. Cost—DOE: $149,932