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Reference Number EP/K003976/1
Title Multi-scale Exploration of MultiPhase Physics In FlowS (MEMPHIS)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Other oil and gas) 25%;
Not Energy Related 75%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr OK Matar
No email address given
Chemical Engineering
Imperial College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 September 2012
End Date 31 December 2017
Duration 64 months
Total Grant Value £4,968,854
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Manufacturing
Region London
Programme NC : Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr OK Matar , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (99.994%)
  Other Investigator Dr M Simmons , Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham (0.001%)
Professor GF Hewitt , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr CN Markides , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor CC Pain , Department of Earth Sciences, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor B (Barry ) Azzopardi (Dec'd) , Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr P Angeli , Chemical Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Johnson Matthey plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , BP Exploration Co Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , CD adapco Group (0.000%)
Project Contact , Chevron Energy Technology Company, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , AspenTech Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Procter & Gamble Technical Centres Ltd. (0.000%)
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Abstract This project is an opportunity to harness the synergy between world-leading scientists from four prestigious institutions to create the next generation modelling tools for complex multiphase flows. These flows are central to micro-fluidics, virtually every processing and manufacturing technology, oil-and-gas and nuclear applications, and biomedical applications such as lithotripsy and laser-surgery cavitation. The ability to predict the behaviour of multiphase flows reliably will address a major challenge of tremendous economic, scientific, and societal benefit to the UK. The Programme will achieve this goal by developing a single modelling framework that establishes, for the first time, a transparent linkage between input (models and/or data) and prediction; this will allow systematic error-source identification, and, therefore, directed, optimal, model-driven experimentation, to maximise prediction accuracy. The framework will also feature optimal selection of massively-parallelisable numerical methods, capable of running efficiently on 10^5-10^6 core supercomputers, optimally-adaptive, three-dimensional resolution, and the most sophisticated multi-scale physical models. This framework will offer unprecedented resolution of multi-scale, multiphase phenomena, minimising the reliance on correlations and empiricism. The investigators' synergy, and their long-standing industrial collaborations, will ensure that this Programme will result in a paradigm-shift in multiphase flow research worldwide. We will demonstrate our capabilities in two areas of strategic importance to the UK: by providing insights into novel manufacturing processes, and reliable prediction of multiphase flow regime transitions in the oil-and-gas industry. Our framework will be sufficiently general to address a number of other industrial and environmental global challenges, which we detail herein
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