Larry W. Lake
550 pp; Softcover
ISBN: 978-1-55563-305-9
Society of Petroleum Engineers


Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) is oil recovery by the injection of materials not normally present in the reservoir; this book illustrates a range of methods and the importance of fractional flow theory and phase behavior as a means of understanding EOR from a reservoir engineering standpoint. Both professional researchers and students in all areas dealing with flow in permeable media will find this book to be a valuable day-to-day resource. While there is enough background and general knowledge in the book to interest anyone associated with enhanced oil recovery, there is also a good representation of specialized material; the author provides a pedagogical basis for the discipline of enhanced oil recovery, and he covers all forms of EOR.


Contents: Defining enhanced oil recovery • Basic equations for fluid flow in permeable media • Petrophysics and petrochemistry • Phase behavior and fluid properties • Displacement efficiency • Volumetric sweep • Solvent methods • Polymer methods • Micellar-polymer flooding • Other chemical methods • Thermal methods


About the Author: 

Larry W. Lake is a professor of the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds B.S.E and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University and Rice University, respectively. He has been at UT for 32 years where he was department chairman from 1989 to 1997, 2006-2008 and held the Shell Distinguished Chair and the W.A. (Tex) Moncrief, Jr. Centennial Endowed Chair in Petroleum Engineering. He currently holds the W.A. (Monty) Moncrief Centennial Chair in Petroleum Engineering. Lake has served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) as well as on several of its committees; he has twice been an SPE distinguished lecturer. Dr. Lake is a member of the National Academy of Engineers and won the 1996 Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal of the SPE. Dr. Lake has published widely and frequently conducts industrial and professional society short courses in enhanced oil recovery and reservoir characterization. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 technical papers, 4 textbooks and the editor of 3 bound volumes. He was the general editor of the Petroleum Engineeers Handbook.