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Dr Ingrid Ku PhD, DIC, MEng, ACGI

Research Fellow

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Dr Ingrid Ku is Research Fellow within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Ingrid Ku joined nCATS in March 2013 as a two-year postdoctoral research fellow, bringing her skills in mechanical engineering, tribology, CAD and software to design and construct a new state of the art oilfield friction simulator device. The work, in collaboration with a major oilfield equipment supplier, is investigating ways of increasing the operational efficiency of hydro-carbon extraction. Prior to joining nCATS, she obtained her Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, where she also completed her PhD in MEMS Friction. Ingrid will be working with Drs John Walker and Terry Harvey and Professor Robert Wood.

Research interests

  • Oilfield friction
  • extreme Tribology
  • MEMS Tribology
  • Microfabrication

Research project(s)

Simulating the friction encountered in oilfield operations

This is a two year project aiming to design and build a novel friction simulation device at the National Centre for Advanced Tribology. The project will allow us to re-create in the laboratory the conditions that occur during oilfield exploration. This will allow better understanding as to the conditions and effects that arise from friction when exploring for hydro-carbon reservoirs or to reach geothermal energy sources.

Dr Ingrid Ku
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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