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The University of Tulsa - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Chemical Engineering

Energy systems engineering, Process synthesis and optimization under uncertainty, Computational fluid dynamics, Process modeling and simulation, Directed evolution, Zeolite catalysis, Biofuels, Supercritical fluids, Bioremediation of hydrocarbons, Petroleum refining processes

Computer Sciences

Cyber security, artificial intelligence, software engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Application of soft computing technology, distributed parallel processing, development of non-destructive testing

Engineering Physics

Astrophysics and general relativity; experimental optics and spectroscopy; experimental solid state physics; materials simulation and condensed matter theory; nanoscience and nanotechnology; plasma astrophysics and gas dynamics

Mechanical Engineering

Computational fluid dynamics, fluids-thermal science; mechanics; computational mechanics; robotics, system dynamics and controls; materials science and nanotechnology; vehicle systems, manufacturing processes and systems

Petroleum Engineering

Major areas of research activities are related to drilling, production, and reservoir engineering.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Coiled Tubing Mechanics

The center conducts research to improve our understanding of the complex mechanical behavior of coild tubing. This includes the effects of field loading and environment on fatigue and deformation behavior as well as the inspection technologies used to monitor tubing integrity.

Erosion/Corrosion Research Center

The Center conducts experiments and develops computational models to solve sand erosion and co2 corrosion problems in the gas and oil industry. Technology development and technology transfer are geared toward guidelines for design and operation of gas and oilfield applications.

Foam Flow Conditions Project

This project addresses the issue of pressure drop calculation under foam flow condition. By using available data from vendors and field measurements, as well as collecting data from new experimental facility, we will develop suitable correlations to calculate the pressure drop in vertical gas wells.

Horizontal Well Artificial Lift Project

TU has formed the Tulsa University Horizontal Well Artificial Lift Projects (TUHWALP) to address the challenges of horizontal wells and develop new methods and understandings for advancing artificial lift of these wells.

Paraffin Deposition Prediction in Multiphase Flowlines and Wellbores

The objective of this program is to utilize the current test facilities at The University of Tulsa, as well as member company expertise, to enhance our understanding of paraffin deposition in single and two-phase (gas-oil) flows; conduct focused experiments to better understand various aspects of deposition physics; and utilize knowledge gained from experimental modeling studies to enhance the computer programs developed in the previous JIP for predicting paraffin deposition in single and two-phase flow environments. These refined computer models will then be tested against field data from member company pipelines.

The Erosion/Corrosion Inhibition Center

This program addresses methods for preventing erosion and corrosion and is directed toward the oil and gas industry. Currently, the project is examining effects of an inhibitor on erosion/corrosion involving oil, brine, CO2, and sand.

Tulsa University Artificial Lift Projects

Tulsa University Artificial Lift Projects (TUALP) is an industrially funded research consortium that conducts field scale experimental research on artificial lift systems, including gas lift, ESP, sucker rod, hydraulic jet pumps and progressing cavity pumps. The goal is to develop reliable, field applicable models for production design engineers that work even when pumping two-phase mixtures.

Tulsa University Delayed Coking JIP

The TU Delayed Coking Project (established in 1999) enhances the understanding of the coking process and optimizes its practice while improving its health, environmental and safety aspects.

Tulsa University Drilling Research Projects

Tulsa University Drilling Research Project (TUDRP) focuses on theoretical and applied research oriented to oil and gas drilling. Much work is done in drillstring mechanics -- statics and dynamics, well bore hydraulics including conventional and compressible fluids, buttings transport, well bore stability, and formation damage. Current projects include the effect of fluid flow on drillstring dynamics, optimization of drilling parameters for horizontal wells, cuttings bed erosion in horizontal and inclined well bores, aerated mud hydraulics and flow patterns in the well bore annulus, application of BFS for well bore stability, analytical and experimental modeling of actual force transfer in curved well bores, and cuttings transport with foam in inclined and horizontal well bores. A new flow loop for cuttings transport with conventional and aerated muds is under construction.

Tulsa University Fluid Flow Projects

TUFFP conducts applied research on multiphase flow in pipes as encountered during the production and transportation of oil and gas. TUFFP research activity has resulted in distribution to members of over 90 research reports and numerous computer programs and extensive experimental data. Research is conducted primarily by M.S. and Ph.S. petroleum engineering graduate students working under the supervision of experiences Research Associates. Several state-of-the-art experimental test facilities have been constructed for the purpose of obtaining high-quality data and developing predictive models to improve multiphase flow design calculations. TUFFP conducts an annual survey of member firms to ensure that the most critical multiphase flow problems are being addressed. As a result of the summer 1997 survey, multiphase flow in hilly terrain pipelines has been confirmed as a key area of needed research. Several related projects are underway or planned, including: slug dissipation in downward sloping pipe, accumulation of water in pipeline dips, slug tracking for transient simulation, and oil-water and gas-oil-water flow patterns and flow behavior in near-horizontal pipelines.

Tulsa University Hydrate Flow Performance

This work will focus on different hydrate production issues with the intent of providing valuable information to oil producers for a more economical approach of deep-water developments.

Tulsa University Petroleum Reservoir Exploitation Projects

The University of Tulsa Petroleum Reservoir Exploitation Projects, TUPREP, is a cooperative industry-university research project organized to address basic and applied research needs of the petroleum industry in reservoir characterization, well testing and reservoir simulation.

Tulsa University Sand Management Project

Tulsa University Sand Management Projects (TUSMP) joint industry project (JIP) was established to address issues related to sand prodcution and management such as solids detection and monitoring, erosion monitoring in offshore production, sand settling and blockage in offshore piping and equipment.

Tulsa University Separation Technology Projects

The TU Separation Technology Projects was established in 1994 and has the mission to advance state-of-the-art compact multiphase cyclonic separation technology for gas/oil/water flow.