Dr Amer Syed
2011, PhD (Earth Sciences), Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, England.
2005, MS (Ocean Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India.
Research OverviewAmer's research interests are broadly in the area of applied mechanics and is a member of the Centre for Applied Dynamics Research. He is also interested in the sociological aspects of engineering and social justice.
Performance of wave energy devices:
The focus of this work is to improve the performance of wave energy devices through improving the efficiency of mechanical components. Recent work includes development of systems based model for the performance assessment of a wave energy device in heave.
Micromechanics of granular media – inferences through direct observations:
The focus of this project is on the understanding the deformation and failure of geomaterials through direct observations. Experimental technique is being developed to acquire and quantify observations at different spatial scales to develop a multiscale framework to understand the mechanics of geomaterials. This project is carried out in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, USA for the acquisition of simultaneous X-ray and neutron 3-D tomograms of various geomaterials (different sizes of sand, sandstones and soil) under varied loading conditions. The microscopic observations from these tomograms are combined with the macroscopic observations from standard tests in rock/soil mechanics (i.e. triaxial tests).
Recent work can be accessed here: Micromechanics of rocks- World Neutron Radiography Congress poster
Radiation Physics Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, USA.
Amer is interested in working with social enterprises, communities, charities and governmental organisations.
Funding and Grants
Non-planar propagation of hydraulic fracture in transition zone of coal measure strata, IECNSFC181081, (2019-2021), Royal Society International Exchanges, £11,066 (Principal Investigator).
Retrofitting of offshore jacket structures with wave energy device in heave (2019), Scottish Funding Council Innovation Voucher, £5,000 (Joint Investigator).
Dynamic, in-situ imaging of capillary imbibition in rock using simultaneous neutron and X-ray computed tomography , EP/N021665/1, (2016-18), EPSRC Overseas Travel Grant, £20,610 (Co-Investigator).
Wall shear stresses during transport of non-Newtonian fluids through constrictions, University of Aberdeen Principal’s Interdisciplinary Fund, £3,000 (Principal Investigator).
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A portable triaxial cell for beamline imaging of rocks under triaxial state of stressMeasurement Science and Technology, vol. 32, 095403Contributions to Journals: Articles
A Systems Based Modelling Tool for the Selection of Wave Energy Device to Power Remote IslandsContributions to Conferences: Papers
Enhanced Oil Recovery by Polymer Flooding: Direct, Low-Cost Visualization in a Hele-Shaw CellEducation Sciences, vol. 9, no. 3, 186Contributions to Journals: Articles
New insights into fracture mechanics of sedimentary rocks using neutron tomography and mechanical tests11th World Conference on Neutron RadiographyContributions to Conferences: Posters
In-situ imaging of fractured rock and flow through them using simultaneous neutron and X-ray computed tomography, EPSRCImpact, vol. 2017, pp. 61-63Contributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
Development and characterisation of a smart cement for CO2 leakage remediation at wellboresEnergy Procedia, vol. 114, pp. 4147-4153Contributions to Journals: Articles
In-situ visualisation of capillary imbibition in rocks using neutron tomography30th Scottish Fluid Mechanics MeetingContributions to Conferences: Abstracts
Nucleation of cracks in sedimentary rocks: New insights from simultaneous X-ray and neutron imaging2016 AGU Fall MeetingContributions to Conferences: Posters
Viscoelasticity of Bentonite: Impact on radial flow through wellboreScottish Fluid Mechanics MeetingContributions to Conferences: Posters
The Use of Polymer-gel Solutions for CO2 Flow Diversion and Mobility Control within Storage SitesEnergy Procedia, vol. 86, pp. 450-459Contributions to Journals: Articles