Fluid Science and Resources

Fluid Science and Resources UWA

Global energy demands are projected to increase by 50% by 2030, requiring exploration and production for hydrocarbons in hostile and/or inaccessible environments. As these conventional oil and gas resources provide the input to a wide variety of industries – including fuels, plastics, rubbers, and explosives – a deeper understanding of fluid behaviour in the reservoir, pipelines, and refining systems is necessary to support the industry’s exploration and production in harsh environments

The exploration, production and refining of hydrocarbon components represents a significant fraction of Western Australia’s GDP and Perth is increasingly being recognised as a global leader in the development and application of frontier technologies for natural gas in particular.

To address the technology and knowledge gaps in meeting global energy demands, the group will focus on the production and technology for hydrocarbon management in oil and gas assets in hostile and/or inaccessible environments. More specifically, the group will focus on what happens inside the wellbore, pipeline and refining plant – requiring a highly integrated knowledge base around oilfield/organic chemistry, physical chemistry, thermodynamics, turbulent fluid mechanics and slurry transport.

Inter-disciplinary expertise within the group includes all disciples of engineering, flow assurance, chemistry and physics. Members of the group have established international reputations in reservoir operations, flow assurance and refining. More information about the research projects and outcomes is available from the Group website.

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Problems that we solve

The research focuses on the following areas:

  • Maximising the value of the remote/inaccessible assets through new operational understanding and novel technologies enabling new frontiers of production
  • Innovative fluid characterisation techniques and laboratory technologies (existing and future) to better understand the knowledge gaps within the industry
  • Provide a critical point of technology to build future relationships with industry.