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  Assessing the applicability of Artificial Intelligence in the Environmental Impact Assessment process – a case study of oil and gas projects
  Dr B Anifowose
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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This project undertakes an empirical evaluation of AI and machine learning application to specific EIA operating principles for selected oil and gas projects.
  A new metering and data fusion method for wet gas flow
  Dr JJ Jia
Application Deadline: 15 December 2020

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Wet gas is any gas with a small amount of liquid present. Wet gas flow metering is becoming increasingly important in many industrial sectors, like oil and gas.
  Investigating Long-term Effects of Seawater on Subsea Composite Properties
  Prof M Kashtalyan, Prof I Guz
Applications accepted all year round

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Over the past 20 years, the use of composite materials in the oil and gas industry has seen a slower uptake subsea than in topside applications.
  Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy for subsea applications
  Dr T Thevar, Dr K Nakkeeran
Applications accepted all year round

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Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) is a widely used technique to obtain the elemental constituents of a sample. The process uses a short pulse of focused laser light to evaporate a minute volume of a target substance by highly localized heating to temperatures greater than 5000 K.
  Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) from depleted Sandstone and Carbonate/chalk reservoirs
  Dr P Jadhawar, Dr H Hamidi
Applications accepted all year round

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Nearly one third of the oil is left behind in the reservoir after the primary and secondary recovery methods of oil recovery.
  Prediction for stray alternating current (AC) induced corrosion in oil/gas pipes in close proximity to high-voltage transmission lines and railways
  Dr K Tang
Applications accepted all year round

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In comparison to stray direct current (DC) induced corrosion which is a long-recognized engineering challenge, stray alternating current (AC) induced corrosion was more recently reported.
  Exploitation and production from Methane Hydrate reservoirs (Arctic and Subsea porous media)
  Dr P Jadhawar, Dr J Derksen
Applications accepted all year round

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Naturally occurring gas (mostly methane) hydrates along the continental margins (coastal offshore) and permafrost sediments are the clean source of energy outnumbering the rest forms of conventional energy sources.
  Application of Nanotechnology in Drilling Engineering
  Dr R Rafati, Dr A Sharifi
Applications accepted all year round

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Production from unconventional hydrocarbon resources, such as shale gas, shale oil, deepwater and arctic reservoirs requires advanced drilling and extraction technologies.
  Low-field NMR studies to probe motion and dynamics in rock pore structures
  Dr C D'Agostino
Applications accepted all year round

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Quantification of transport and dynamics in rock pore structures is essential for understanding, optimising and enhancing oil and gas recovery as well as assess the capacity and effectiveness for CO2 storage.
  Hydrodynamics of Magnetic Responsive Foams
  Dr R Rafati, Dr A Sharifi
Applications accepted all year round

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Multiphase flow systems such as foams contribute considerably to the world economy and have a wide range of applications from food, medical and fire-fighting to environmental treatment, mineral processing and oil and gas industries.
  Optimising Energy Well Plug and Abandonment through Data Analytics and Modelling
  Research Group: Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering
  Dr A Cahill, Dr M Haghighat Sefat
Application Deadline: 2 February 2020

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Over the past century the petroleum industry has met the vast majority of global energy demand and continues to do so despite a recent and continuing drive towards de-carbonization (Rockström et al., 2017).
  Characterisation of Manufacturing Defects in Composite Pipes
  Prof J Njuguna, Dr N Faisal
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Funded by a leading composite pipe manufacturer and National Institute of Manufacturing Scotland. Robert Gordon University offers this PhD studentship with up to £15,000 available p.a.
  QUADRAT DTP: New methods for the ’visualisation’ of dynamic and multi-dimensional data in Earth and environmental systems
  Dr C Bond, Prof J McKinley
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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Digitalisation and large, multi-dimensional, dynamic data are now the main stay of Earth and Environmental Science, but how we visualise, handle, analyse and make decisions from these datasets is still a significant challenge.
  Marine risers: experimental damage detection, monitoring and numerical modelling using digital twins
  Dr P Omenzetter, Dr D Van der A, Prof E Pavlovskaia
Applications accepted all year round

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Marine risers are critical components of any offshore oil and gas production operations linking subsea field developments with production and drilling equipment atop fixed or floating facilities.
  Modelling of joining technologies for novel metal matrix composites for offshore applications
  Prof I Guz, Prof M Kashtalyan
Applications accepted all year round

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Metal matrix composites (MMCs) present remarkable properties by combining the properties of the metal matrix and of ceramic reinforcement.
  Investigation of Tectonic Effects on Pipeline Stabilty
  Dr S Ullah
Applications accepted all year round

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Pipelines make an important group of structures called lifelines, as they support conducting water, oil and gas essential for life.
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  Experimental, Numerical and Computational investigation of the feasibility of an integrated hybrid machining and TIG based surface alloying process
  Dr P Munoz, Prof A Ogwu
Applications accepted all year round

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SCEBE-19-018. The use of thermal spray coatings is a multi- billion pounds industry, for improving the life span, reliability and durability of engineering components in industries that span automotive, aerospace, marine and sea-going vessel engine components, oil and gas, power generation turbines.
  Causes and Consequences of Giant Submarine Landslides, New Zealand
  Research Group: Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering
  Dr U Nicholson, Prof D Stow
Application Deadline: 2 February 2020

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Submarine landslides are increasingly recognised as a major geological hazard, both to subsea infrastructure and coastal communities.
  Development and Evolution of the West Greenland Passive Continental Margin
  Research Group: Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering
  Prof J Underhill, Dr R Jamieson
Application Deadline: 2 February 2020

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Passive continental margins record the rifting, breakup and thermal subsidence of divergent margins and therefore their study is a key components in developing our understanding of large scale tectonic processes.
  Flow in porous media (EPS2020/48)
  Prof M Maroto-Valer
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Reactive flow in porous media (experimental studies and/or numerical simulations) of manufactures porous replicas.
  PhD Studentship (Sponsored by Lloyds Register Foundation) - Local detection of hydrogen in steels using neutron diffraction imaging (NSIRC 177)
  Dr K Govender, Ms H Stedman
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. Steels used in offshore flowlines, pipelines and risers are susceptible to corrosion fatigue in the presence of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and moisture present in oil and gas production fluids.
  Development of finite element-based computational framework for assessing the structural performance of advanced composite structures
  Dr Z Ullah, Dr Z Kazanci
Applications accepted all year round

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Fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites consisting of two-dimensional reinforcement are used in a variety of industrial applications such as aerospace, automotive, marine, rail, energy, civil structures, biomedical, and oil and gas.
  Numerical modelling and design of geothermal heat recovery from subsurface systems
  Dr M Babaei
Applications accepted all year round

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In the geothermal energy technology, this is a common practice to drill a doublet (i.e. an injection and production well pair) system.
  Digital Hydraulic Converters for Next Generation Fluid Power Transmission Technology
  Dr M Pan
Application Deadline: 25 March 2020

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Informal queries should be directed to Dr Min Pan ([email protected]). In most hydraulically powered systems, the speed and/or force of a load are controlled using valves to throttle the flow and thus reduce the hydraulic pressure.
  What are the impacts of future changes in Tropical Cyclone activity in the Arabian Sea
  Dr K Hodges, Dr R Schiemann, Dr AG Turner
Applications accepted all year round

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Arabian Sea Tropical Cyclones (TCs) occur once or twice per year on average. Yet they have significant impacts, through their intense rainfall, strong winds and storm surges, on the coastal regions of Oman, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and western India.
  Responsive mooring systems for floating renewable energy facilities
  Research Group: Infrastructure Division
  Prof S Gourvenec
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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Supervisor. Susan Gourvenec. Co-supervisor Adam Sobey and Gabe Weymouth. Project background. As renewable energy structures move into deeper water, the now established fixed foundation concepts must be replaced by anchoring systems.
  PhD in thermoelectric energy harvesting
  Dr N Bennett
Applications accepted all year round

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I am seeking to fill a PhD position appropriate for an ambitious and motivated candidate wishing to carry out PhD research in experimental thermoelectric energy harvesting.
  Investigation of enhanced oil recovery processes in complex fractured reservoirs
  Dr A Sharifi, Dr R Rafati
Applications accepted all year round

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Oil recovery from fractured reservoirs is a complex process due to the presence of high-permeability fracture networks. Many processes that have been used successfully in sandstone reservoirs may not be economically feasible in fractured reservoirs.
  QUADRAT DTP: Development of artificial reefs: design, scientific monitoring, environment impact and management in North/Irish Seas
  Prof F Kuepper, Dr M Sonebi
Application Deadline: 29 January 2020

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With the population growth along coastlines the demand of infrastructure for various societal needs such as transportation (ports), energies (pipelines…
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