Dr Ismael Falcon Suarez
Ismael Falcon-Suarez is geologist, PhD in Civil Engineering, MSc in Water Engineering. Ismael is a research fellow in the Marine Geophysics Team at NOC since October 2013. He has been investigating the Thermo-Hydro-Mechano-Chemical (THMC) coupled phenomena that might occur in deep geological formations due to CO2-seawater-rock interactions during CO2 storage (CCS) since 2010. He has been engaged in a number of projects for the oil/gas industry, gaining experience in assembling, running and interpreting a wide range geomechanical tests.
Ismael has designed and assembled the experimental rig for CO2 storage experiments at the NOC, Southampton: a novel rig capable to simultaneously determining ultrasonic P- and S-wave velocities and attenuations, electrical resistivity (including tomography), axial and radial strains and permeability (including relative permeability for variable brine: CO 2flow rates) of rock samples, replicating differential stress conditions of real reservoirs.
Expertise areas: Rock physics, rock mechanics, hydrology
Advanced skills in experimental work on CCS topics: design and construction of experimental rigs to analyse rock-water-gas interaction at reservoir conditions (routine and special core analysis); transport properties in rocks (permeability to gas and water measurements, in high and low permeability media; breakthrough pressure determinations); acoustic (ultrasonic) velocities interpretation; electrical resistivity; stress-strain behaviours; etc.
Geophysical data loading, processing and generation of high resolution images of the subsoil with specific software (WellCAD): Processing of borehole images and geophysical logging parameters.
Designing-assembling setups for hydrodynamic studies of soils (electrical tomography, X-ray tomography, TDR); mineral barriers design: capillary barriers waste; numerical modelling: CORE2D, COMPASS, ArcGIS, Epanet, HecRas, GeoRas, Matlab, Qual2E, Surfer, SMS.
Commercial applications: Software and patents
- FoMPeCa: Four Methods Permeability Calculator. Designer: Falcon-Suarez, I. Copyright © 2014, Natural Environment Research Council.
- Falcón, I., Juncosa, R., Delgado, J., Vázquez, A., Barrientos, V. Accepted on 29th May of 2011. Device for simulating thermo-hydro-mechanic behaviors of barriers of fines, focus on waterproofing and closing landfills. Patent ES 2345472 B1, University of La Coruña, Spain.
Projects and research contracts
Involved in more than 10 international projects (e.g., GASRIP, CHIMNEY, STEMM-CCS, DiSECCS) as PI, Co-I or researcher Co-I, and over 15 research contracts with privite industry (e.g., REPSOL-YPF, ENDESA,CIUDEN Foundation, Lignite of Meirama).
Over 20 participations (more than 15 talks) in international events since 2010