Conference Papers

Poster Session C:

Implementation of the Rapidly-Exploring Random Tree Star (RRT*) Path Planning Algorithm on a Kobuki Mobile Robot

Hussein Mohammed and Mohammad A. Jaradat (American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates); Lotfi Romdhane (American University of Sharjah & AUS, United Arab Emirates)


In this paper, the objective is to present the Rapidly-Exploring Random Tree Star (RRT*) algorithm both in simulation and application. The purpose of this algorithm is to generate probabilistically complete and cost-effective paths in static or dynamic environments. This algorithm is implemented to drive a Kobuki mobile robot using MATLAB.

A New Genetic-Based Algorithm for the Interpretation of Pressure Transient Response in Naturally Fractured Reservoirs

Zinab Al Maqrami (PI, United Arab Emirates); Chakib Kada and Mohammed Al Kobaisi (Petroleum Institute, United Arab Emirates); Dachang Li (ADNOC Offshore, United Arab Emirates)


Integration of multi-data sources (static and dynamic) is vital to the understanding of the mechanisms of fluid flow present in a given reservoir. Calibration of geologic-based models (conditioned by static data) to flow-related data (well test and production data) can dramatically reduce the uncertainty in reservoir models. In this work, we present a new development to further reduce the uncertainty in the characterization of fracture properties (e.g., orientation, conductivity, aperture, length and density) from well test pressure responses (e.g., permeabilitythickness product, storativity, and interporosity). The optimization problem is addressed using a direct search method. A novel multi-level genetic algorithm is developed to find the optimum solution space of the fracture properties by minimizing the error in a new multi-objective function. The proposed algorithm was benchmarked against the industrial software FracaFlow?. Our results clearly show further reduction of uncertainties in fracture property estimation compared to FracaFlow?.

A New Analytical Model for The Multi-Fractured Horizontal Well In The Naturally Fractured Reservoir

Yuan Gao (Khalifa University of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates)


This study mainly puts forward a new analytical trilinear dual-porosity & dual-permeability flow mode for the multi-fractured horizontal well (MFHW) in the naturally fractured reservoir (NFR) based on the trilinear dual-porosity flow model[1]. This model is an upgraded trilinear flow model, a simple but versatile one to integrate horizontal-well-related parameters and petrophysical characteristics of the naturally fractured reservoir, including wellbore storage, chocking skin factor, intrinsic properties of matrix and fracture systems, and even different properties of the stimulated area and the unstimulated area. The model incorporates a dual-permeability model for the stimulated flow region and a dual-porosity model for the unstimulated flow region respectively. In common sense, the traditional flow model for the fractured horizontal well with the line-source solution is computationally intensive and time-consuming, while this model makes itself a practical alternative with computational convenience and also incorporates most of the distinct flow patterns identical as the line-source solution does. The new trilinear flow model would show a field-friendly way to analyze the transient pressure behavior of the multi-fractured horizontal well in the reservoir with well-developed natural fractures.

Novel Insights into Capillary Number Equation and Wettability Quantification: Electrostatic Colloidal Perspective

Obaid Alhmoudi (Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, United Arab Emirates); Mariam Malas (Khalifa University of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates); Islam Elseaday (The Petroleum Institute, United Arab Emirates); Hadi Belhaj (Hadi Belhaj, United Arab Emirates)


The aim of this research was to investigate the mechanisms leading to enhanced oil recovery in limestones by simple chemical manipulation of the injection water, while taking the equation of capillary number into consideration. A main objective of this study was to gain insights regarding the quantification of wettability alteration, as the existing equation fails to describe how wettability alteration could lead to enhanced oil recovery in non-water wet plugs.The existing mathematical description of wettability " Cosine function" into the capillary number equation poses a dilemma that hinders the up-scaling of low salinity and smart water flooding processes. As per the results of this research, there is strong evidence that wettability alteration by means of electrical double layer expansion is the mechanism that leads to additional oil recovery in some cases In all tests, only the brines that triggered increased electrostatic repulsion between the two interfaces, resulted in incremental oil recovery.

Boron-Lined NaI Detector For He-3 Free Neutron Detect?on System

Amira Emam (United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates); Walid Metwally (Nuclear Engineering, United Arab Emirates)


He-3 detectors are considered as the main component of most of the neutron detection system in various nuclear fields because of their high thermal neutron cross section. Due to the worldwide shortage of He-3 gas after 2009 and the consequent huge price increase, many researchers directed their efforts to find an efficient replacement. In this work an alternative neutron detection setup is introduced and modeled. The setup is composed of a NaI detector covered with a thin layer of boron. For comparison, common neutron detectors like He-3 and BF3 are also modeled. The results show a good sensitivity of the three detectors when exposed to various neutron flux distributions with a higher efficiency of boron-lined NaI detector than He-3 and BF3. An additional benefit is the ability of the boron-lined NaI detector to detect gamma rays from the surrounding medium.

CVD Graphene Strain Sensor Based On Microfabricated Membrane Structure

Lina Tizani (Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates); Irfan Saadat (Faculty - Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates)


in this paper, cavities were etched in SiO? over Si substrate and then graphene film was transferred forming the graphene membrane over the cavity. Raman spectroscopy of graphene on top of cavities showed significant redshift in the 2D band (0.14 cm?? per 1?m of cavity), because of the elongation of the carbon-carbon bonds. This indicates the feasibility of using graphene membrane as a strain sensor.

Design Considerations of Fabricating Microfluidic Channels on A CMOS Platform

Aamenah Siddiqui (Khalifa University of Science Technology and Research, United Arab Emirates); Jaime Viegas (Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates)


In this paper, an alternative method of fabricating microfluidic channels is presented. Microfluidic channels have an array of applications including drug delivery, lab-on-a-chip, fluid and gas sensing. However, the current methods to fabricate these channels involve processes and materials that are not compatible to the state-of-the-art CMOS process flow, making them expensive and unviable for on-chip integration and hence limiting their applications. This work presents an alternative approach to fabricate microfluidic channels that uses materials and processes commonly used in CMOS processes. The proposed microfluidic channel design is based on silicon nitride, and requires few deposition and etching steps, and only two lithography steps, simplifying the fabrication substantially and opening new avenues for the use of microfluidic channels in various applications.

Studying the Impact of Depth of Focus on Patterned Resist Profile

Mohammed Ziauddin (UAEU, United Arab Emirates); Abdel-Hamid Ismail Mourad (Unietd Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates); Saud Khashan (UAE University, United Arab Emirates)


The study focuses on using simulating tool to study direct laser lithography. GenISys - lithography simulation software was used as it is thoroughly observed in the literature. The LAB Module of this software was adopted for modelling and simulating effect of Depth of Focus in the direct laser lithography process. A negative photoresist material was used for simulation and results were obtained by keeping constant exposure dosage by varying Depth of Focus. The 3D resist profile was obtained for evaluating the effect of Depth of Focus. The results showed that, good quality resist profile is obtained at 45 mJ/cm2 and -15?m Depth of Focus.

Influence of Nanoparticles on Surface Tension

Fan Xue (Khalifa University of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates); Afshin Goharzadeh and Yit Fatt Yap (The Petroleum Institute, United Arab Emirates)


This study focuses on the effect of nanoparticles on the surface tension of liquids. Nanofluid is characterized by liquid that contains nanometer-sized particles. The surface tension of two nanofluids SiO2 and TiO2 are measured using drop volume method. Measured surface tension is compared with that of DI-water. It is observed that nanoparticles affect significantly the surface tensions. Measurements shows that SiO2 nanoparticles have a tendency to increase the surface tension and TiO2 nanoparticles lead to a decrease of surface tension.

A Review of the Thermal Crystallization Kinetics of Different Fillers/Polyolefin Nanocomposites

Leher Farooq (UAEU, United Arab Emirates)


This paper reviews the synthesis and applications of different nanofillers which are carbon black, carbon nanotube, clay and graphene. Next, it discusses various combinations of the nanofillers/polymer nanocomposites and the thermal crystallization kinetics of these nanocomposites. To analyze the data for the isothermal crystallization kinetics, the Avrami method is used. To analyze the data for non isothermal crystallization kinetics, the Avrami equation was insufficient. Therefore, a modified Avrami model was used. The ozawi and Mo models were also used. The type of crystal growth were determined. Recently, polymer based nanocomposites have gained increased attention by the academic and industrial community due to their unique properties and applications. These fillers, due to their exceptional properties have attracted a great deal of interest. The fillers were found to have a nucleating effect on the matrix. However, in some cases, increasing the filler content resulted in a decrease in the nucleating effect.

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