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Application of Nanotechnology in Drilling Engineering

Project Description

Production from unconventional hydrocarbon resources, such as shale gas, shale oil, deepwater and arctic reservoirs requires advanced drilling and extraction technologies. Furthermore, minimizing the environmental footprints associated with oil recovery processes are critical. Nanotechnology has shown promising solutions to overcome such issues in oil and gas industry. Many studies have been conducted to analyse the enhancement of drilling fluids through the use of nanotechnology. In these studies modification of rheological, filtration, and heat transfer properties and friction reduction associated with drilling fluids have been investigated. They also showed that nanoparticles can improve fluid thermal stability, provide better lubricity, hole cleaning and wellbore stability, and mitigate hydrates formation within the fluid circulation system.

In this proposed study, the Phd research student will investigate the potential application of a new nano-enhanced water base fluid for advanced drilling operations.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Petroleum Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics.

Essential background: Student should have suitable chemistry background. The student also need to be familiar with fluid mechanics and heat transfer of non-Newtonian fluids.

Knowledge of: Nanotechnology, Drilling, Mud, Drilling fluids, Rheology, Heat transfer, Petroleum Engineering


• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr R Rafati () with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ()

This project will require additional research costs in addition to tuition fees and living expenses (£3,000). Contact supervisor for further details

Funding Notes

This project is advertised in relation to the research areas of the discipline of Petroleum Engineering. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for Tuition fees, living expenses and maintenance. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting View Website. THERE IS NO FUNDING ATTACHED TO THIS PROJECT.

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