PhD Opportunity: Multiphase Flow Modeling for Enhanced Oil & Gas Drilling
and Production*Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP), University of

*Research Area: Materials & Processes*

*Project description: *Advanced oil and gas exploration, drilling and
production technologies aimed at enhancing fossil fuel recovery under
continuous operation increasingly rely on high-performance CFD modeling
methods: the latter provide valuable insight for systems design and
operation by means of flow simulation and visualization. As more intricate
technologies (underbalanced drilling/UBD, hydraulic fracturing) emerge
rapidly to meet market pressure, addressing the demand for profound
understanding of multiphase flow within such complex systems becomes
essential. This project will focus on the development, testing, and
validation of CFD models analyzing solid-liquid (SL) and solid-liquid-gas
(SLG) flows under various geometric and operational configurations; key
objectives include flow assurance, fouling minimization and production

*Eligibility and qualifications: *Applicants must be of outstanding
academic merit: a first class or upper second class honours undergraduate
degree (or International equivalent) is the minimum qualification
requirement. Candidates should have a degree in chemical engineering (or
related area), ideally with research exposure to one or more of the
following areas: CFD simulation, mathematical modeling, dynamic simulation,
process optimization. Prior experience in CFD modeling environments,
MATLAB, and programming is strongly preferred. Excellent oral and written
communication skills are essential.

*Applications:  *To ensure proper and timely processing, applicants are
*required* to complete and submit their applications and credentials via
one of the following two URLs (please select the "Apply Online" / "Apply"
button, respectively):

*PhD Supervisor*: Dr Dimitrios Gerogiorgis

*Application Deadline*: Open until position filled

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*Further information:*

*Funding Availability*: Open to UK/EU/Overseas applicants. Studentships
will cover University fees (at UK/EU or overseas rate), plus a stipend for
3.5 years at the enhanced EPSRC rate (14,640 for 2013/14).
Dr Dimitrios I. Gerogiorgis
Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP)
School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh
Sanderson Building, King's Buildings Campus
Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JL, Scotland, UK

Tel.:  +44 (0) 131 651 7072
Fax:   +44 (0) 131 650 6551