Doctoral Dissertations

Keywords and Phrases

Advanced Screening Models; Conformance Control; Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR); Gel Treatments; Polymer Gels; Screening Criteria


"Excessive water production represents a major industry challenge because of its serious economic and environmental impacts. Polymer gels have been effectively applied to mitigate water production and extend the productive lives of mature oilfields. However, selecting a proper gel technology for a given reservoir is a challenging task for reservoir engineers because of the associated geological and technical complexities and the absence of efficient screening tools.

A comprehensive review for the worldwide gel field projects was conducted to develop an integrated systematic methodology that determines the applicability of three injection well gel technologies including bulk gels, colloidal dispersion gels, and weak gels. Comparative analysis, statistical methods, and a machine learning technique were utilized to develop a conformance agent selection advisor that consists of a standardized selection system, conventional screening criteria, and advanced screening models.

The results indicated that gel technology selection is a two-step process that starts by matching problem characteristics with gel technical specifications and mechanisms. Then, the initial candidate technology is confirmed by screening criteria to ensure gel compatibility with reservoir conditions. The most influential conformance problem characteristics in the matching process are channeling strength, volume of problem zone, problem development status, and the existence of crossflow. In addition to crossflow, the presence of high oil saturations or unswept regions in the offending zones requires the application of flood-size treating technologies that combine both displacement and diversion mechanisms. The selection and design of gel technologies for a given conformance problem greatly depend on the timing of the gel treatment in the flood life"--Abstract, page iv.


Bai, Baojun
Wei, Mingzhen

Committee Member(s)

Dunn-Norman, Shari
Heidari, Peyman
Delshad, Mojdeh


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Petroleum Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2017

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Comprehensive guidelines for the application of in-situ polymer gels for injection well conformance improvement based on field projects
  • A roadmap to successfully select a proper gel treatment technology
  • An advanced selection tool for the application of in-situ polymer gels for undiagnosed injection wells


xx, 288 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references.


© 2017 Munqith Naeem Rashak Aldhaheri, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 11072

Electronic OCLC #


Aldhaheri_Munqith-suppl1_2017.xlsx (66 kB)
Injection Well Polymer Gels Screening Spreadsheet

Aldhaheri_Munqith-suppl2_2017.xlsx (116 kB)
Advanced Polymer Gels Selection Spreadsheet