Basic Chemistry of Flow in Porous Media & Interfacial Phenomena for Engineers

Reservoir Descriptions and Dynamics


Several oil fields are currently under development using different types of chemicals injected into the oil reservoirs. Petroleum engineering is an applied science of chemistry, geology, and others. Chemicals have been widely used in the oil industry during drilling, development and production. The chemicals have utilised to improve efficiency of drilling fluids, increase well production by acidising, and enhance oil recovery.

This course presents different types of chemicals and their various applications in the oil industry such as drilling fluids, well stimulation, and chemical enhanced oil recovery (EOR). The course also provides comprehensive understanding of basic rock properties, physicochemical changes, and pore level dynamic properties. The effects of injected chemicals are explained with real field examples showing its importance.

This 2-day course provides recent development of new generation of chemicals applied in waterflood, Water Alternate Gas (WAG), Surfactant and Polymer Injection, and other chemical enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods. The course is designed as an interactive learning environment including lectures, industry videos, and solved in-class examples.


Day One

  1. Applications of chemicals in petroleum engineering: drilling, acidizing and enhanced oil
  2. Interfacial phenomena, physicochemical changes, and pore level dynamic properties 
  3. Phase behavior, phase diagram, chemical adsorption/desorption, and reaction
  4. Important rock properties: routine and special core analysis: porosity, permeability, saturation, capillary pressure, relative permeability, and wettability alteration
  5. Flow incurred physicochemical changes, emulsion types and microemulsion

Day Two

  1. Interaction between injected chemicals and reservoir rocks/fluids
  2. Salinity effects and displacement efficiencies for various IOR/EOR schemes
  3. Effects of injected chemicals on relative permeability and rock wettability
  4. Waterflood, Water Alternate Gas (WAG), Surfactant and Polymer Injection
  5. Other Chemical EOR processes and case studies

Other Materials of the Course:

  1. 10 Solved examples and exercises
  2. 10 industry Videos about all topics
  3. 3 scientific papers of the instructor

In-Class Exercises include:

  1. Comparing effectiveness of different chemicals
  2. Knowing chemical (polymers and surfactants) additives to drilling fluid (mud)
  3. Investigate salinity and shear rate effects on recovery of chemical EOR methods
  4. Comparing performance of different polymers and surfactants as EOR agents

Learning Level

Introductory – Intermediate

Course Length

2 Days

Why Attend?

The main learning outcomes of this course are to make participants capable to:

  1. Know different types and applications of chemicals in the petroleum industry
  2. Understand different rock/ fluid properties, and effects of injected chemicals
  3. Describe process, advantages and limitations of different chemicals flowing in the porous rocks for Enhanced oil methods.
  4. Understand flow incurred physicochemical changes, salinity effects and displacement efficiencies
  5. Analyse waterflood, Water Alternate Gas (WAG), Surfactant and Polymer Injection
  6. Maximize oil recovery using different chemical EOR methods
  7. Know newly-developed chemicals in drilling, production, and EOR methods
  8. Understand different problems and proposed solutions of different chemical processes

Who Should Attend

Chemists, reservoir and petroleum engineers, production engineers, geologists, petrophyicists, workover and production engineers, last year and graduate petroleum and chemical engineering students, and others interested in chemistry applications in the oil industry.


Engineers are responsible for enhancing their professional competence throughout their careers. Licensed, chartered, and/or certified engineers are sometimes required by government entities to provide proof of continued professional development and training. Training credits are defined as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Attendees of SPE training courses earn 0.8 CEUs for each day of training. We provide each attendee a certificate upon completion of the training course.


Shedid A. Shedid

Shedid A. Shedid, PhD, is currently a certified instructor and a technical consultant at SPE and NExT-Schlumberger in Houston, Texas. He received his PhD from The University of Oklahoma in petroleum engineering. He is a professor and international consultant of petroleum engineering for more than 20 years. He conducted several technical consultation and research projects of petroleum engineering in the USA, Australia, Egypt, Libya, and UAE. He also published more than 78 scientific papers in USA and Canadian scientific journals and at international conferences about development of new techniques/models for solving real industry problems. Shedid supervised and examined several master and doctorate dissertations in petroleum engineering in different countries. He worked and taught petroleum engineering courses at Texas A&M University, University of Western Australia (UWA), UAE University, and British University in Egypt (BUE). Shedid designed, developed, and taught several industry short courses of analytical and applied reservoir engineering, enhanced oil recovery (EOR), and water flooding management in different countries of Egypt, UAE, Algeria, USA, Australia, Malaysia, Kuwait, Libya, China (Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu), Oman and Vietnam.


  • Analytical and applied reservoir engineering
  • Design, analysis, and application of water flooding
  • Design, screening, and application of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes