The purpose of the research in the area of separation is to reveal and establish a fundamental understanding of basic mechanisms and phenomena governing multiphase separation including phase dispersion processes.
The project is focused on developing a description and basic understanding of the multiphase system in pipelines and separation equipment.
Emphasis will be put on complex fluids that are difficult to separate, either because of complex surface chemistry or high oil viscosity (i.e. heavy crude). For such fluids both chemical and physical destabilisation will be important.
This new basic understanding will be used to improve existing and to develop new separation processes.