Huazhou Li, PhD, PEng

Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept

Contact

Associate Professor, Petroleum Engineering, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
Email
huazhou@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-1738
Address
6-273 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Engineering Petroleum Engineering Fluid Phase Equilibria Thermodynamics


About

Education

  • PhD, Petroleum Systems Engineering, University of Regina, 2013
  • MSc, Drilling Engineering, China University of Petroleum, 2009
  • BSc, Petroleum Engineering, China University of Petroleum, 2006

Awards

  • Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, SPE, 2020
  • Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award, University of Alberta, 2018
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, China Scholarship Council, 2013
  • Dean’s Scholarship, University of Regina, 2010

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

Research

Research Interests

  • Engineering thermodynamics  
  • Equation of state models 
  • Phase behavior in conventional reservoirs
  • Phase behavior in unconventional reservoirs 
  • Modeling of multiphase flow in wellbore


Selected Refereed Journal Publications


  1. Li. R.; Li, H.* Robust Three-Phase Vapor–Liquid–Asphaltene Equilibrium Calculation Algorithm for Isothermal CO2 Flooding Applications. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 2019. 58 (34): 15666-15680.
  2. Li. R.; Li, H.* A Modified Multiple-Mixing-Cell Algorithm for Minimum Miscibility Pressure Prediction with the Consideration of the Asphaltene-Precipitation Effect. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 2019, 58 (33): 15332-15343. (Selected as the Cover Story)
  3. Huang, H.; Babadagli, T.; Li, H.* Effect of Injection Parameters on Proppant Transport in Rough Vertical Fractures: An Experimental Analysis on Visual Models. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 2019, 180: 380-395.
  4. Xie, X.; Lu, H.; Deng, H.; Yang, H.; Teng, B.; Li, H.* Characterization of Unique Natural Gas Flow in Fracture-Vuggy Carbonate Reservoir: A Case Study on Dengying Carbonate Reservoir in China. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 2019, 182: 106243.
  5. Teng, B.; Li, H.* A Semi-Analytical Model for Characterizing the Fluid Transient Flow of Reoriented Refractures. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 2019, 177: 921-940.
  6. Liu, Y.; Li, H.; Ma, X. Competitive Adsorption Behavior of Hydrocarbon(s)/CO2 Mixtures in a Double-Nanopore System Using Molecular Simulations. Fuel. 2019, 252 (15): 612-621.
  7. Hou, J.; Zhao, E.; Liu, Y.; Ji, Y.; Lu, N.; Liu, Y.; Li, H.; Bai, Y. Pressure-Transient Behavior in Class III Hydrate Reservoirs. Energy. 2019, 170 (1): 391-402.
  8. Li. R.; Li, H.* Improved Three-Phase Equilibrium Calculation Algorithm for Water/Hydrocarbon Mixtures with a New Initialization Scheme. Fuel. 2019, 244 (15): 517-527.
  9. Lu, C.; Jin, Z.; Li, H.* A Two-phase Flash Algorithm with the Consideration of Capillary Pressure at Specified Mole Numbers, Volume and Temperature. Fluid Phase Equilibria. 2019, 485: 67-82.
  10. Zhao, Q.; Li, Z.; Wang, S.; Lai, F.; Li, H.* Phase Behavior Measurements and Modeling for N2/CO2/Heavy-Oil Mixtures at Elevated Temperatures. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 2019, 58 (1): 428-439.
  11. Teng, B.; Li, H.* A Semi-Analytical Model for Evaluating the Performance of a Refractured Vertical Well with an Orthogonal Refracture. SPE Journal. 2019, 24 (2): 891-911.
  12. Sun, H.; Li, H.* A New Three-Phase Flash Algorithm Considering Capillary Pressure in a Confined Space. Chemical Engineering Science. 2019, 193: 346-363.
  13. Teng, B.; Li, H.* A Semi-Analytical Model for Characterizing the Pressure Transient Behavior of Partially-Penetrating Inclined Fractures with a Finite Conductivity. SPE Journal. 2019, 24 (2): 811-833.
  14. Adriana Luis, A.; Deng, L.; Shao, L.; Li, H. Triaxial Behaviour and Image Analysis of Edmonton Clay Treated with Cement and Fly Ash. Construction and Building Materials. 2019, 197: 208-219.
  15. Deng, H.; Xie, X.; Vij, C.; Pang, Y.; Li, H.* Mineralogical Characteristics of Continental Shale: A Case Study in Yan-Chang #7 Formation, Ordos Basin. Australian Journal of Earth Science. 2018. 65 (6): 851-862.
  16. Hu, L.; Li, H.*; Ahmadloo, M. Determination of Dielectric Properties of Solvent/Oil-Sands System with Coaxial Probe Method. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. 2018, 96: 2650-2660.
  17. Liu, Y.; Jin, Z.*; Li. H.* Comparison of PR-EOS with Statistical Thermodynamic Approaches in Describing Phase Behavior of Hydrocarbons in Nanopores. SPE Journal. 2019, 23 (5): 1784-1797.
  18. Deng, H.; Hu, X.; Huang, T.; Belmir, Z.; Bi, B.; Li, H. A Pragmatic Approach for Identifying Effective Lacustrine Shale Payzones. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. 2018, 58: 201-215.
  19. Deng, H.; Liu, Y.; Peng, X.; Zhao, S.; Zhou, W.; Li, H.A.* Determination of Near-Wellbore Fracture-Network Effectiveness in Naturally Fractured Gas Reservoirs. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. 2018, 55: 52-63.
  20. Teng, B.; Li, H.* Pressure Transient Analysis of Finite-conductivity Horizontal Fractures by Use of a Semi-Analytical Approach. Transport in Porous Media. 2018, 123 (2): 367-402.
  21. Shi, J.; Li, H.*; Pang, W. An Improved Volume Translation Strategy for PR EOS without Crossover Issue. Fluid Phase Equilibria. 2018, 470: 164-175.
  22. Liu, Y.; Li, H.*; Tian, Y.; Jin, Z.; Deng, H. Determination of Absolute Adsorption/Desorption Isotherms of CH4 and n-C4H10 on Shale from a Nano-Scale Perspective. Fuel. 2018, 218: 67-77.
  23. Liu, Y.; Li, H.*; Okuno, R. Phase Behavior of Fluid Mixtures in a Partially Confined Space. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 2018, 160: 442-451.
  24. Jang, H.W.; Yang, D.; Li, H. A Power-Law Mixing Rule for Predicting Apparent Diffusion Coefficients of Binary Gas Mixtures in Heavy Oil. Journal of Energy Resources Technology. 2017, 140 (5), 052904
  25. Pang, W.; Li, H.* Application of Augmented Free-Water Rachford-Rice Algorithm to Water/Hydrocarbons Mixtures Considering the Dissolution of Methane in the Aqueous Phase. Fluid Phase Equilibria. 2018, 460: 75-84.
  26. Teng, B.; Cheng, L.; Huang, S.; Li, H.* Dynamic-Drainage Boundary Tracking and Production Forecast for Shale Gas Reservoirs with Fast Marching-Succession of Steady States Method. Journal of Energy Resources Technology. 2018, 140 (3): 032913.
  27. Li, R.; Li, H.* A Robust Three-Phase Isenthalpic Flash Algorithm Based on Free-Water Assumption. Journal of Energy Resources Technology. 2017, 140 (3): 032902.
  28. Li, R.; Li, H.* New Two-Phase and Three-Phase Rachford-Rice Algorithms Based on Free-Water Assumption. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. 2018, 96 (1): 390-403.
  29. Hu, L.; Li. H.*; Babadagli, T.; Ahmadloo, M. A Semi-Analytical Model for Simulating the Combined Electromagnetic Heating and Solvent-Assisted Gravity Drainage. SPE Journal. 2018, 23 (4): 1248-1270.
  30. Gao, H.; Wang, C.; Hu, L.; Li, H.* Enhancing CO2 Flooding Efficiency by Chemical Flooding: A Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Study. Special Topics & Reviews in Porous Media. 2018, 9 (2):145-154.
  31. Wang, C.; Li, T.; Gao, H.; Zhao, J.; Li, H.* Effect of Asphaltene Precipitation on CO2-Flooding Performance in Low-Permeability Sandstones: A Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Study. RSC Advances. 2017, 7: 38367-38376.
  32. Pang, W.; Li, H.* An Augmented Free-Water Three-Phase Flash Algorithm for CO2/Hydrocarbon/Water Mixtures. Fluid Phase Equilibria. 2017, 450: 86-98.
  33. Yi, S.; Babadagli, T.; Li, H.* Use of Nickel Nanoparticles for Promoting Aquathermolysis Reaction during Cyclic Steam Stimulation. SPE Journal. 2018, 23 (1): 145-156.
  34. Gao, J.; Okuno, R.; Li, H. A Phase-Behavior Study for n-Hexane/Bitumen and n-Octane/Bitumen Mixtures. SPE Journal. 2018, 23 (1): 128-144.
  35. Wang, D.; Niu, D.; Li, H.* Predicting Waterflooding Performance in Low-Permeability Reservoirs with Linear Dynamical Systems. SPE Journal. 2017, 22 (5): 1596-1608.
  36. Liu, Y.; Li, H.*; Okuno, R. Measurements and Modeling of Interfacial Tension of CO2/CH4/Brine System at Reservoir Conditions. Industrial Engineering & Chemistry Research. 2016, 55 (48): 12358-12375.
  37. Wiliantoro, O.; Niu, D.; Li, H.* Production Decline Analysis of Oil and Gas Resources with Robust Fit and Time Series Analysis. International Journal of Oil Gas and Coal Technology. 2019, 20 (1): 1-30.
  38. Li, H.*; Sun, H.; Yang, D. Effective Diffusion Coefficients of Gas Mixture in Heavy Oil under Constant-Pressure Conditions. Heat & Mass Transfer. 2017, 53 (5): 1527-1540.
  39. Hu, L.; Li, H.*; Babadagli, T.; Ahmadloo, M. Experimental Investigation of Combined Electromagnetic Heating and Solvent Assisted Gravity Drainage for Heavy Oil Recovery. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 2017, 154: 589-601.
  40. Gao, J.; Okuno, R.; Li, H. An Experimental Study of Multiphase Behavior for Bitumen/Solvent/Water Mixtures. SPE Journal. 2017, 22 (3): 783-798.
  41. Shi, J.; Li, H.* Criterion for Determining Crossover Phenomenon in Volume-Translated Equation of States. Fluid Phase Equilibria. 2016, 430: 1-12.
  42. Deng, H.; Hu, X.; Li, H.*; Luo, B.; Wang, W. Improved Pore-Structure Characterization in Shale Formations with FESEM Technique. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. 2016, 35: 309-319.
  43. Liu, Y.; Li, H.* Application of Novel Hyper-Branched Polymer Fracturing Fluid System in Low-Permeability Heavy Oil Reservoir. SPE Production & Operations. 2016, 31 (4): 325-336.
  44. Wang, C.; Li, H.* Stability and Mobility of Foam Generated by Gas-Solvent/Surfactant Mixtures under Reservoir Conditions. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. 2016, 34: 366-375.
  45. Bu, Y.; Li, Z.; Wan, C.; Li, H.* Determination of Optimal Density Difference for Improving Cement Displacement Efficiency in Deviated Wells. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. 2016, 31: 119-128.  
  46. Zhao, H.; Li, Y.; Cui, S.; Shang, G.; Reynolds, A.C.; Guo, Z.; Li, H.* History Matching and Production Optimization of Water Flooding Based on a Data-Driven Interwell Numerical Simulation Model. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. 2016, 31: 48-66.  
  47. Zheng, S.; Li, H.; Sun, H.; Yang, D. Determination of Diffusion Coefficient for Alkane Solvent CO2 Mixtures in Heavy Oil with Consideration of Swelling Effect. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 2016, 55: 1533-1549.
  48. Gao, H.; Li, H*. Pore Structure Characterization, Permeability Evaluation and Enhanced Gas Recovery Techniques of Tight Gas Sandstones. Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering. 2016, 28: 536-547. (Invited Article by Chief Editor)
  49. Wang, Z.; Sun, B.; Sun, X.; Li, H.; Wang, J. Phase Transitions during Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Drilling. Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology. 2015, 5: 1-11.
  50. Li, H.*; Yang, D. Determination of Individual Diffusion Coefficients of Solvent-CO2 Mixture in Heavy Oil Using Pressure-Decay Method. SPE Journal. 2016, 21 (1): 131-143.
  51. Gao, H.; Liu, Y.; Zhang, Z.; Niu, B.; Li, H.* Impact of Secondary and Tertiary Floods on Microscopic Residual Oil Distribution in Medium-to-High Permeability Cores with NMR Technique. Energy & Fuels. 2015, 29 (8): 4721-4729.
  52. Gao, H.; Li, H.* Determination of Movable Fluid Percentage and Movable Fluid Porosity in Ultra-Low Permeability Sandstone Using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Technique. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 2015, 133, 258-267.
  53. Sun, H.; Li, H.; Yang, D. Coupling Heat and Mass Transfer for a Gas Mixture-Heavy Oil System at High Pressures and Elevated Temperatures. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. 2014, 74, 173-184.
  54. Yang, P.; Li, H.; Yang, D. Determination of Saturation Pressures and Swelling Factors of Solvent(s)-Heavy Oil Systems under Reservoir Conditions. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 2014, 53 (5), 1965-1972.
  55. Zheng, S.; Li, H.; Yang, D. Pressure Maintenance and Improving Oil Recovery with Immiscible CO2 Injection in Thin Heavy Oil Reservoirs. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. 2013, 112, 139-152.
  56. Li, H.; Zheng, S.; Yang, D. Enhanced Swelling Effect and Viscosity Reduction of Solvent(s)-CO2-Heavy Oil Systems. SPE Journal. 2013, 8 (4), 695-707.
  57. Li, H.; Yang, D. Phase Behaviour of C¬3H8/n-C4H10/Heavy-Oil Systems at High Pressures and Elevated Temperatures. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology. 2013, 52 (1), 30-40. 
  58. Li, X.; Li H.; Yang, D. Determination of Multiphase Boundaries and Swelling Factors of Solvent(s)-CO2-Heavy Oil Systems at High Pressures and Elevated Temperatures. Energy Fuels. 2013, 27 (3), 1293-1306.
  59. Li, H.; Yang, D.; Li, X. Determination of Three-Phase Boundaries of Solvent(s)-CO2-Heavy Oil Systems under Reservoir Conditions. Energy Fuels. 2013, 27 (1), 145-153. 
  60. Li, H.; Yang, D.; Tontiwachwuthikul, P. Experimental and Theoretical Determination of Equilibrium Interfacial Tension for the Solvent(s)-CO2-Heavy Oil Systems. Energy Fuels. 2012, 26 (3), 1776-1786. 
  61. Li, H.; Qin, J.; Yang, D. An Improved CO2-Oil Minimum Miscibility Pressure Correlation for Live and Dead Crude Oils. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 2012, 51 (8), 3516-3523. 
  62. Li, H.; Yang, D. Modified α Function for the Peng-Robinson Equation of State to Improve the Vapour Pressure Prediction of Non-Hydrocarbon and Hydrocarbon Compounds. Energy Fuels. 2011, 25 (1), 215-223. 
  63. Li, H.; Wang, R.; Yang, D.; Zhou, W.; Li, L. Determination of Rotary Cutting Depth on Steel Pipes with the Abrasive Water Jet Technique. Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science. 2011, 225 (7), 1626-1637. 
  64. Lin, A.; Shao, S.; Li, H.; Yang, D.; Kong, Y. Preparation and Characterization of a New Negatively Charged Polytetrafluoroethylene Membrane for Treating Oilfield Wastewater. Journal of Membrane Science. 2011, 371 (1-2), 286-292. 
  65. Wang, C.; Wang, R.; Li, H.; Bu, Y.; Zhou, W. Design and Performance Evaluation of a Unique Deepwater Cement Slurry. SPE Drilling & Completion 2011, 26 (2), 220-226.
  66. Wang, R.; Zang, Y.; Zhang, R.; Bu, Y.; Li, H. Drillstring Failure Analysis and Its Prevention in Northeast Sichuan, China. Engineering Failure Analysis. 2011, 18, 1233-1241.
  67. Cai, B.; Liu, Y.; Li, H.; Liu, Z. Buckling Analysis of Composite Long Cylinders Using Probabilistic Finite Element Method. Mechanika. 2011, 17(5): 467-473.


Courses

PET E 476 - Well Completion and Stimulation

A design course covering new developments in the area of well engineering. Will include construction, completion, and stimulation of oil/gas wells. Co-requisite: PET E 364.

Fall Term 2020
PET E 478 - Thermal Methods in Heavy Oil Recovery

A design course covering new developments in the area of heavy oil recovery. Will include modeling and designing heavy-oil recovery applications and thermal methods. Prerequisite: PET E 373.

Winter Term 2021
PET E 631 - Advanced Production Engineering

Inflow performance relationships. Analysis of multiphase flow through pipes and restrictions using flow correlations and mechanistic methods. Flow pattern prediction for vertical, horizontal and inclined pipes. Total system analysis, production optimization. Design of artificial lift systems. Prerequisite: PET E 366 or consent of instructor.

Fall Term 2020
PET E 709 - Special Topics in Petroleum Engineering

Reading Course. Reading and discussion of selected topics in Petroleum Engineering.

Fall Term 2020

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