Dr YUKIE TANINO The University of Aberdeen School of Engineering Dr YUKIE TANINO Lecturer pref

room 255, Fraser Noble Bldg School of Engineering University of Aberdeen Aberdeen AB24 3UE Scotland, UK




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room 255, Fraser Noble Bldg School of Engineering University of Aberdeen Aberdeen AB24 3UE Scotland, UK


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Research Interests

  • Multi-phase flow in porous media
  • Buoyancy-driven flow
  • Instability and turbulence in inclined pipes
  • Turbulence and mass transport in random cylinder arrays
  • Techniques used include:
    • ADV, LDV, PIV
    • LIF, PLIF
    • corefloods
    • pore-network simulation
    • X-ray microtomography

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Current Research

  • Two-phase flow in fractured reservoirs.  Students: TBD (PhD candidate).  Collaborators: Andy Welch.
  • Flow and transport of chemical EOR agents in carbonates.  Student: Mahmoud Ibrahim [PhD candidate, 2019; co-supervision with Stephen Bowden, Andrew Hurst]
  • Impact of wettability on waterflood oil recovery.  Students: Magali Christensen (PhD candidate, 2016); Loli Anggraini (MSc 2014); Wasiat Ibrahim (MSc 2014); Joanna Salazar (MSc 2014).
  • Oil quality reflected in API gravity, viscosity, sulfur contect affects its nature and producibility.  Student: Blessing Akamairo [PhD candidate, 2015; co-supervision with Stephen Bowden (PI)]; Franklin Okoro (MSc 2014).
  • Funded PhD opportunities:
  • Thermal stimulation of shale for improved hydrocarbon recovery [details; co-supervision with Amer Syed (PI) and Anna Korre (Imperial College)].  Funding for this project comes from the NERC CDT in Oil & Gas.  Closing date: 31 Jan. 2015.  Application procedure.
  • PhD opportunities for self-funded students:
    • Improving predictions of waterflood efficiency through the use of experimental studies, formation evaluation, and geochemical monitoring [details; co-supervision with Stephen Bowden (PI)].
    • Raindrops, pesticides, and ink: droplet interactions with porous surfaces [details; co-supervision with Peter Hicks (PI)]

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  • Stephen A Bowden, Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology, Aberdeen
  • Martin J Blunt, Imperial
  • Jean-Pierre Hulin, Laboratoire FAST
  • Frederic Moisy, Laboratoire FAST
  • Heidi M Nepf, MIT

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Research Grants

Our research is supported by:

  • Royal Society Research Grant (2014)
  • The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Research Grant (2014)
  • University of Aberdeen Chevron Fund (2014)
  • University of Aberdeen Principal's Interdisciplinary Fund (2014)
  • University of Aberdeen Principal's Excellence Fund (2014)
  • Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts Foundation grant (M. R. Christensen, 2014)
  • Aberdeen Formation Evaluation Society bursary (2013, 2014 M. R. Christensen)
  • College of Physical Sciences PhD studentship (2013-2016, M. R. Christensen)
  • David B Smith donation to the School of Engineering (2012)

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Teaching Responsibilities

  • Thesis supervisor, MSc in Oil & Gas Engineering (EG5908)
  • Lecturer, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EG501M)
  • Co-lecturer, Flow Assurance (EG55F8/G8) for MSc in Oil & Gas Engineering and Subsea Engineering
  • Coordinator, dissertations for MSc in Renewable Energy (EG5909)
  • Contributor, Advanced Topics in Renewable Energy (EG5574)
  • Coordinator, Human Factors (EG5561)
  • Thesis supervisor, BEng/MEng in Petroleum Engineering (EG4516/4515)
  • Supervisor, Advanced Topics (EG5085)
  • Lecturer, Enhanced Oil Recovery (EG50HI)
  • Guest lecturer, Chemistry at Interfaces and Enhanced Oil Recovery (CM5037)
  • Co-lecturer, Geotechnics 2 (EG40JE)
  • Co-lecturer, Fluid Mechanics (EG3018)

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External Responsibilities

  • Reviewer for Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydraulic EngineeringJournal of Hydraulic Research, Aquatic Sciences, Physics of FluidsJournal of Geophysical Research, Transport in Porous Media, Geofluids, Journal of Soils and Sediments, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Energy & Fuels, Israel Science Foundation, 6th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software
  • Organizing committee, 2013 Scottish Fluid Mechanics Meeting

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Admin Responsibilities

  • Manager, Petroleum Engineering Laboratory
  • Member, Working Group for the new Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (tentative date of opening: 2018)
  • Member, School of Engineering Working Group on Academic Workload Model
  • Member, Postgraduate Special Circumstances Committee
  • Deputy Coordinator for Postgraduate Research Students
  • Deputy Programme Coordinator, MSc in Renewable Energy
  • Manager, Environmental & Industrial Fluid Mechanics Research Group Webpage

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  • Martin Family Society Fellowship for Sustainability, 2006 (US$26844.50)
  • MIT Presidential Graduate Fellowship Program, 2003 (US$48660)
  • The Richard Lee Russel Award, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, MIT, 2003
  • Tau Beta Pi Scholarship 2002-2003, Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society (US$2000)
  • MIT Washington Summer Internship Program, 2001
  • MIT Class of 1972 UROP Fund, 2001

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Invited Lectures & Presentations

Universities and National Laboratories

  • July 2014 Neutron Physics Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • Jan. 2013 Department of Petroleum Engineering, University of Stavanger.
  • Apr. 2012 Division of Civil Engineering, University of Dundee.
  • Oct. 2010 Petroleum and Process Technology Research Group, Department of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen.
  • Jun. 2010 School of Engineering, University of Warwick.
  • Feb. 2010 Hydrodynamics Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique, France.
  • Jan. 2008 Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University.


  • Oct. 2010  Statoil Rotvoll Research Centre, Trondheim.
  • Oct. 2010  Numerical Rocks, Trondheim.

Workshops and networks

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Group News

  • Loli Anggraini (MSc Oil & Gas Engineering candidate) was awarded 2nd prize in the 2013 Energy Institute Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands branch MSc Student Paper Competition for her presentation on "Buckley-Leverett analysis of waterflood oil recovery".  The event was hosted by Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd. on 26th Nov.  See coverage.

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Contributions to Journals


  • Tanino, Y. & Blunt, MJ. (2013). 'Laboratory investigation of capillary trapping under mixed-wet conditions'. Water Resources Research, vol 49, no. 7, pp. 4311-4319.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20344
  • Tanino, Y., Moisy, F. & Hulin, J-P (2012). 'Laminar-turbulent cycles in inclined lock-exchange flows'. Physical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics, vol 85, no. 6, 066308.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.85.066308
    [Online] AURA: e066308.pdf
  • Tanino, Y. & Blunt, MJ. (2012). 'Capillary trapping in sandstones and carbonates: dependence on pore structure'. Water Resources Research, vol 48, W08525.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1029/2011WR011712
  • Tanino, Y. & Nepf, HM. (2009). 'Laboratory investigation of lateral dispersion within dense arrays of randomly distributed cylinders at transitional Reynolds number'. Physics of Fluids, vol 21, no. 4, 046603.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1063/1.3119862
  • Tanino, Y. & Nepf, HM. (2008). 'Lateral dispersion in random cylinder arrays at high Reynolds number'. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol 600, pp. 339-371.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1017/S0022112008000505
  • Tanino, Y. & Nepf, HM. (2008). 'Laboratory investigation of mean drag in a random array of rigid, emergent cylinders'. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, vol 134, no. 1, pp. 34-41.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9429(2008)134:1(34)
  • Tanino, Y., Nepf, HM. & Kulis, PS. (2005). 'Gravity currents in aquatic canopies'. Water Resources Research, vol 41, no. 12, W12402.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1029/2005WR004216

Comments and Debates

  • Tanino, Y. & Nepf, HM. (2009). 'Closure to "Laboratory Investigation of Mean Drag in a Random Array of Rigid, Emergent Cylinders" by Yukie Tanino and Heidi M. Nepf'. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, vol 135, no. 8, pp. 693-694.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0000080

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Entries for Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

  • Tanino, Y. (2012). 'Water exchange between littoral zone and open lake water'. in L Bengtsson, RW Herschy & RW Fairbridge (eds), Encyclopedia of Lakes and Reservoirs. Springer.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4020-4410-6_244

Conference Proceedings

  • Seon, T., Tanino, Y., Znaien, J., Moisy, F., Hulin, J-P & Salin, D. (2012). 'Buoyancy driven mixing in confined geometries'. in Anales AFA. vol. 23, Buenos-Aires, pp. 43-46, XII Meeting of Fluids and their Applications, Buenos-Aires, Argentina, 5-7 November.
  • Pentland, CH., Tanino, Y., Iglauer, S. & Blunt, MJ. (2010). 'Capillary Trapping in Water-Wet Sandstones: Coreflooding Experiments and Pore-Network Modeling'. in Proc., ATCE SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. SPE International, 2010 ATCE SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Florence, Italy, 20-22 September.
  • Tanino, Y. & Nepf, HM. (2009). 'Lateral dispersion in vegetated flows: Reynolds-number dependence at transitional Reynolds numbers'. in Proc., 33rd Congress of the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering & Research. 33rd International Association of Hydraulic Engineering & Research (IAHR) Biennial Congress, Vancouver, Canada, 9-14 August.
  • Tanino, Y. & Nepf, HM. (2007). 'Experimental investigation of lateral dispersion in aquatic canopies'. in 2007 IAHR Congress Proceedings. IAHR, 32nd Congress of IAHR, Venice, Italy, 1-6 July.

Peer-Reviewed Chapters

  • Tanino, Y. (2012). 'Flow and mass transport in vegetated surface waters'. in C Gualteri & DT Mihailovic (eds), Fluid Mechanics of Environmental Interfaces. Taylor & Francis.

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