The Multiphase Flow Assurance Innovation Centre (FACE)

PhD/PD position: multiphase flow experiments in pipes
Accurate prediction models for multiphase pipeline flow are important for design and operation of subsea oil and gas production systems. Modelling challenges include the transition from stratified flow to dispersed flow and how this varies with quantities like pipe diameter, water cut, fluid properties and surface chemistry; drop behaviour in dispersed flow; and phase inversion phenomena.

Improving the accuracy of the models requires detailed and accurate laboratory experiments. Previous experimental work in FACE has included gas-liquid flows with viscous liquids, dispersed oil-water flows and separation experiments. A PhD or Post Doc. position (depending on the candidate) is now available for extension of the experimental work, in particular regarding oil-water flows. The experimental work will include measurements of global parameters (flow regimes, pressure drop and phase fractions) as well as local measurements (droplet size, velocity profiles).

The laboratories at IFE and NTNU will be available for the candidate, the main work is expected to be conducted at IFE. Employer will be the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

For further information please contact:
Activity Manager Martin Foss, IFE ( Phone: +47 98 01 63 38) Deputy Dept Head Jan Nossen, IFE (, Phone: +47 63806199 Professor Ole Jørgen Nydal, NTNU ( + Phone: +47 73550564)

Published October 31, 2011

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