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Ergun Kuru, PhD, PEng

Professor

Engineering

School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering

About Me

EDUCATION

  • PhD Petroleum Engineering, Louisiana State University, U.S.A., 1990.
  • MSc Petroleum Engineering, Louisiana State University, U.S.A., 1985.
  • BSc Petroleum Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 1982.



Research

RESEARCH INTEREST

Development of Effective Hole Cleaning Strategies for Oil and Gas Well Applications; Turbulent Flow of Newtonian / Non-Newtonian (Drag Reducing/ Pseudoplastic/ Yield Power Law/ Viscoelastic) Fluids in Pipes and Annuli; Drilling Optimization; Design and Development of Non-Damaging Fluids for Oil/Gas Well Drilling, Completion and Stimulation Applications; Development of Effective Strategies for Unloading Gas Wells; Problems Associated with Long Term Integrity of Plugged and Abandoned Wells.

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

Investigating Combined Effects of Fluid Rheological Properties and Near-Wall Turbulence for Developing Effective Hole Cleaning Strategies

  • Turbulent Flow of Non-Newtonian Fluids (Drag Reducing/ Pseudoplastic/Yield Power law/ Viscoelastic Fluids) in Horizontal Pipes and Annuli – Experimental Investigation Using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)
  • CFD Study of Turbulent Flow of Non-Newtonian Fluids (Drag Reducing / Pseudoplastic /Yield Power Law / Viscoelastic Fluids) in Pipes and Annuli
  • Hole Cleaning with Non-Newtonian Fluids (Drag Reducing/ Pseudoplastic/Yield Power law/ Viscoelastic Fluids) in Pipes and Annuli
  • Particle Settling Velocity in Non-Newtonian Fluids (Drag Reducing/ Pseudoplastic/ Yield Power law/ Viscoelastic Fluids)
Conceptual Design and Development of a Non-Invasive Drilling, Well Completion, and Well Stimulation Fluids

  • Design and Development of Aqueous/Non-Aqueous Aphron Based Fluids
  • Investigating Fluid Extensional Viscosity as a Mechanism of Building Internal Filter Cake
Comprehensive Study of Factors Controlling Frac Fluid Load Recovery
  • Experimental Investigation of Factors Controlling Frac Fluid Retainment in Propped Fractures
  • Experimental Investigation of Spontaneous Imbibition in Oil/Gas Producing Shales
  • Experimental Investigation of Proppant Transport and Distribution in Rough Fractures

Development of Effective Strategies for Unloading Gas Wells

  • Experimental Investigation of Annular Two-Phase Flow in Vertical Wells – PIV Application
  • Mechanistic Modeling/CFD Study of Annular Two-Phase Flow in Vertical Wells

Integrated Modeling of Geomechanical, Hydraulic, Thermal and Chemical Response of Wellbore Systems for Assessment of Long Term Integrity of Plugged and Abandoned Wells

  • Analytical and numerical modeling studies to characterize cement sheath damage and determine critical stress conditions yielding micro cracks at the cement/casing, cement/formation interfaces as well as in the cement sheath.
  • Experimental, analytical and numerical modeling studies to investigate efficiency of fluid-fluid (for mud removal) and fluid/solid (for mud cake-cuttings removal) displacement process in irregular wellbores.


Teaching

TEACHING INTEREST

  • Drilling Engineering
  • Well Control
  • Well Design and Completion
  • Well Logging and Formation Evaluation
  • Production Engineering