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Small Scale Properties

The Small Scale Properties team within the Experimental Physics of Fluids and Porous Media department of the Earth Sciences and Environmental Technologies division at IFP Energies nouvelles studies small-scale fluid flows, transport and reactivity phenomena (from micron to cm), in natural or artificial porous media. The team’s work aims to determine useful properties to feed a multi-scale approach in the fields of energy, transport and environment. The skills and tools involved are those of four platforms: Micromodels, Cal-X (characterization by X-ray), Online analysis, Digitalization. The team thus benefits from advanced experimental means (high pressure, high temperature) for observation, characterization, analysis and also multiple modeling tools. The fields of application directly related to the DIM MaTerRe concern the management of strategic gases such as CO2 or H2 (study of the cycle, capture, storage, recovery), catalysis, storage or recovery of energy (batteries, geothermal energy…), soil and climate.


  • YOUSSEF Souhail
  • PANNACCI Nicolas

Platforms and equipment

  • Micromodels
  • Cal-X
  • Online analysis
  • Digitalisation


  • Expérimentation Haut Débit (EHD) en milieux poreux
    • Mascle, M; Youssef, S; Deschamps, H; Vizika, O; “In-Situ Investigation of Aging Protocol Effect on Relative Permeability Measurements Using High-Throughput Experimentation Methods”, Petrophysics-The SPWLA Journal of Formation Evaluation and Reservoir Description, 60, 04, 514-524, 2019, OnePetro
    • Lopez, O; Youssef, S; Estublier, A; Alvestad, J; Strandli, C; “Permeability alteration by salt precipitation: numerical and experimental investigation using X-Ray Radiography”, E3S Web of Conferences, 146,03001, 2020, EDP Sciences
    • Youssef, S; Peysson, Y; Deschamps, H; ” System and method for measuring a flow property of a fluid in a porous medium”, 2020,”US Patent 10,705,068″
    • Youssef, S; Mascle, M; Vizika, O; “High Throughput Coreflood Experimentation as a Tool for EOR Project Design”, SPE Improved Oil Recovery Conference, 2018, OnePetro
  • Expérimentation In-Situ (operando) et imagerie tomographique
    • Youssef, S; Bauer, D; Bekri, S; Rosenberg, E; Vizika-kavvadias, O; “3D In-situ fluid distribution imaging at the pore scale as a new tool for multiphase flow studies” ,SPE annual technical conference and exhibition, 2010,Society of Petroleum Engineers
    • Youssef, S; Deschamps, H; Dautriat, J; Rosenberg, E; Oughanem, R; Maire, E; Mokso, R; “4D imaging of fluid flow dynamics in natural porous media with ultra-fast X-ray microtomography”, Int. Symp. Core Analyses ,1-12,2013,
    • Oughanem, R; Youssef, S; Bauer, D; Peysson, Y; Maire, E; Vizika, O; “A multi-scale investigation of pore structure impact on the mobilization of trapped oil by surfactant injection”, Transport in porous media,109, 3,673-692, 2015, Springer Netherlands
  • Caractérisation des matériaux et modélisation à l’échelle microstructural
    • Talon, L; Bauer, D; Gland, N; Youssef, S; Auradou, H; Ginzburg, I; “Assessment of the two relaxation time Lattice‐Boltzmann scheme to simulate Stokes flow in porous media” ,Water Resources Research,48,4,2012,
    • Youssef, S; Maire, E; Gaertner, R; “Finite element modelling of the actual structure of cellular materials determined by X-ray tomography, Acta materialia,53,3,719-730,2005, Pergamon
    • Dautriat, J; Gland, N F; Youssef, S; Rosenberg, E; Bekri, S; Vizika-kavvadias, O; “Stress-dependent directional permeabilities of two analog reservoir rocks: a prospective study on contribution of µ-tomography and pore network models”, SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering,12,02,297-310,2009, OnePetro
  • Caractérisation de la dynamique des écoulements en micromodèles
    • Yeates, C; Youssef, S; Lorenceau, E; “New insights of foam flow dynamics in a high-complexity 2D micromodel”, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 575, 184-198, 2019, Elsevier
    • Leontidis, V; Youssef, S; Bauer, D; “New insights into tracer propagation in partially saturated porous media”, Oil & Gas Science and Technology, 75, 29, 2020, EDP Sciences
  • Micromodèles / microfluidique
    • Gavoille, Theo; Pannacci, Nicolas; Bergeot, Ghislain; Marliere, Claire; Marre, Samuel (2019) Microfluidic approaches for accessing thermophysical properties of fluid systems. In : Reaction Chemistry & Engineering. DOI: 10.1039/C9RE00130A.
    • André, Estelle; Pannacci, Nicolas; Dalmazzone, Christine; Colin, Annie (2019) A new way to measure viscosity in droplet-based microfluidics for high throughput analysis. In : Soft Matter, vol. 5, n° 4, p. 210. DOI: 10.1039/C8SM02372G.
  • Méthodologie conception matériaux (couplage experimentation et simulation):
    • Ramírez-Gutiérrez, David; Nieto-Draghi, Carlos; Pannacci, Nicolas; Castro, Laura V.; Álvarez-Ramírez, Fernando; Creton, Benoit (2015) Surface Photografting of Acrylic Acid on Poly(dimethylsiloxane). Experimental and Dissipative Particle Dynamics Studies. In : Langmuir, vol. 31, n° 4, p. 1400–1409. DOI: 10.1021/la503694h.