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Fluid Flow of Colloidal Suspensions in Subsurface Porous Media: Application to Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) Processes


   School of Engineering

  ,  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Different chemicals such as surfactants and polymers are used in the oil and gas sector (e.g., in oil recovery) and also during CO2 storage projects (CCUS). In this research project the aim is to investigate the application of new fluids during CCUS in subsurface porous media. This project has two phases: experimental and modelling, therefore, to understand and model the flow of these fluids around the well bore and inside the porous media their rheological properties will be investigated. In addition, their interactions with rock, wellbore cement, and with CO2 (for CCUS projects) will be characterised. The outcomes of the project will give new insights to the fluid properties and their interactions with CO2 during CCUS projects. Using the new fluids, it is expected that wellbore integrity issues will be minimised.

The experiments will be carried out using equipment facilities available in the School of Engineering.

Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit. The successful candidate should have, or expect to obtain, a UK Honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, or any other closely related areas.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Formal applications can be completed online: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/pgap/login.php

• 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, Personal Statement/Motivation Letter and Intended source of funding

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


Funding Notes

This PhD project has no funding attached and is therefore available to students (UK/International) who are able to seek their own funding or sponsorship. Additional research costs of approximately £2,500 in total, will also be required. Supervisors will not be able to respond to requests to source funding. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting View Website.

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