Fully-funded studentship announced for MSc by Research position

Fully-funded studentship announced for MSc by Research position

Opportunity to gain a fully-funded place for an MSc by Research position - Design and Test of Resonance Enhanced Scale Milling for Hard Scales

Project Title
Design and Testing of Resonance Enhanced Scale Milling Tool for Hard Scales

Project Description
Resonance Enhanced Drilling (RED) is a new patented technology being developed at the Centre for Applied Dynamics Research (CADR), University of Aberdeen. The technology uses a high frequency axial motion to generate a dynamic stress and consequently a controllable fracture zone in the borehole. This stress field is superimposed on the static stresses generated by classical rotary drilling. This technology offers significant cost environmental benefits for downhole drilling.

Wells producing hydrocarbons are likely to develop deposits of scales, which can and do coat perforations, casings, production tubulars, valves, pumps, and downhole completion equipment, such as safety equipment and gas lift mandrels. If allowed to accumulate, this scaling will limit production, eventually leading to abandonment of the well. Technology is available for removing scale from tubing, flowline, valving, and surface equipment, restoring at least some of the lost production levels. One of the challenges in milling of hard scales is providing a large axial force required for fast drilling into the scales. The application of the RED technology can results in a new method of cost effective milling of hard scales.

This project aims to develop and test a new Resonance Enhanced Scale Milling (RESM) tool, which will be achieved by working closely with a research team in the Centre of Applied Dynamics Research at the University of Aberdeen and an industrial leader in scale milling, Welltec.

Project Objectives

  • Undertake necessary system engineering modelling to estimate the new design parameters.
  • Design the RESM tool based on the commercial scale milling tool and the RED technology .
  • Manufacture, test and optimise the RESM tool and its operational parameters.


Funding

A fully funded scholarship is available for a home/EU student for 12 months, with start date to be agreed with supervisor.

Application Procedure

  • Apply for Degree of Master of Science in Engineering
  • State Professor M Wiercigroch as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
  • State the exact project title (as advertised) on the application form


Application closing date is midday (BST) on 29 July 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Additionally, incomplete applications will not be considered.

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

  • All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two References (Academic, where possible - we will not be contacting referees)

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr V Vaziri (vahid.vaziri@abdn.ac.uk) with a copy of your CV and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School (pgrsadmissions@abdn.ac.uk)

The studentship may be awarded before the advertised date if a suitable candidate is found.

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