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Research project: Simulating the friction encountered in oilfield operations

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nCATS is working with a major oil field manufacturer to investigate the effects of friction encountered during oilfield operations. The challenge is to replicate in the laboratory the type of conditions encountered during field operations. If successful, this will allow us to understand, simulate and therefore predict friction behaviour, ultimately leading to ways of better controlling the exploration operations.

Project Overview

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.

Related research groups

national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)
Understanding Oilfield Friction


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