CAIMS Prize Award

Prize Award year: 

Institute of Applied mathematics and Department of Mathematics, University of British Columbia

Supervisor:  I. Frigaard

Thesis title:  Transient Effects in Oilfield Cementing Flows

Dr. Moyers' work is notable for his ability to use first-class mathematics to make a significant contribution to a real industrial problem. Miguel's thesis treated a problem of interest to the oil field services company Schlumberger.

Dr. Moyers was able to provide a solution to the problem of cementing oil wells. In this work he displayed an astonishing mastery of fluid mechanics, partial differential equations, and numerical methods. These tools allowed him to solve a very difficult problem in fluid dynamics -- a problem with complicated geometry, a moving interface, a non-Newtonian fluid, and even a time-varying forcing function.