The BEI (Bureau d'Etudes Industrielles) is a six weeks project which allows last year engineering students to work as a team on a industrial challenge. The project which is presented here has been developped in collaboration with Schlumberger China Petroleum Institute.

The student team has joined the Simkarts Project, initiated in 2012 by Pr. Han Pingchou, Peking University PKU, and Bernard Montaron, Schlumberger China. This project has been created in order to develop a reservoir simulator which would simulate realistic multi-phase flows in the particular geologic context of the Tarim Basin, situated in West China. However, this simulator is not based on fluid dynamics laws and therefore needs to be validated.

In the BEI, three-phase flow (oil/water/gas) simulations are carried out, using  Jadim and Fluent, two CFD softwares, in order to simulate nitrogen injection in the specific fracture/cave configuration of the Tarim Basin.  The simulation method used is the Volum Of Fluid (VOF) method ,based on Navier-Stokes equations.

These simulations will give a good understanding of flow behavior in a case of gas injection and will help to optimized this oil recovery method. Moreover, results will permit to validate and optimized the reservoir simulator developped by Schlumberger.

The team




​    3rd year ENSEEIHT Student, Fluid Mechanics dpt                            



       Léa ROCHER

       3rd year ENSEEIHT student, Fluid Mechanics dpt



    Gaopan KONG

    International master student, Fluid Mechanics dpt



The supervising team

Mr Climent: ENSEEIHT professor and director of IMFT (Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse)

Mme Pedrono: member of the IMFT (Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse)


The industrial partner          

Schlumberger is the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide. The company provides the industry’s widest range of products and services from exploration through production.

Present in China since 1980, Schlumberger is actually involved in project which take place in the Tarim Basin. Bernard Montaron has initiated the Simkarts Project in 2012 and will be our interlocutor inside Schlumberger China.