Corrosion and flow assurance

Highlights and collaborations

Institute of Functional Surfaces

Our research philosophy revolves around 5 key areas:

  • Fundamental research to generate industrial impact – our research is industry driven. Despite focusing on fundamental aspects in some instances, the focus is always on generating impact with our collaborators/partners.
  • Custom designs and in situ techniques – we pride ourselves on developing novel methodologies/apparatus/techniques to understand mechanisms more clearly. There is a particular emphasis on in situ electrochemical/optical/synchrotron/acoustic methods.
  • Experimental – our research is largely experimental in nature, focusing on modelling or simulating oilfield processes/environments to understand material-electrolyte interactions.
  • Understanding processes at the material-electrolyte interface – identifying the characteristics of material surfaces after degradation using state of the art analysis techniques.
  • Numerical – experimental observations are complemented with numerical models/tools to help further understand mechanisms. Corrosion prediction models developed are also validated by experimental data.

Current research

  • Localised corrosion in H2S containing environments
  • Combined numerical and experimental approaches to predict corrosion product formation kinetics in CO2 environments
  • In situ measurements of scale formation (XRD and optical)
  • Matrix acidizing
  • High temperature/High pressure corrosion
  • Top of line corrosion – modelling and experimental approaches
  • Erosion-corrosion in CO2 environments
  • Pit initiation and propagation in CO2 environments
  • Under-deposit corrosion
  • Understanding the precursors to localised corrosion in CO2 environments.
  • Understanding the kinetics of organic and inorganic surface fouling
  • Development of in-situ techniques for the study of real time scaling processes
  • Understanding scale formation in multiphase flow conditions
  • Heat exchanger fouling for industrial and domestic applications
  • Surface coatings for mitigation of fouling
  • Developing bespoke surface solutions for scaling relying on liquid-infused surfaces
  • Assessing scale dissolution processes and rates.
  • The work in flow assurance is principally funded by industry; we have a number of one-to-one and joint industry projects.
  • Research highlights
  • Establishing the relationship between bulk and surface scaling kinetics
  • Development and assessment of new coatings for subsea safety control valves to control mineral fouling
  • Development of a nanotechnology-assisted squeeze treatment
  • In-situ visualisation for real-time assessment of scale kinetics
  • In-situ synchrotron XRD for the assessment of scale formation and inhibition.

Current and past collaborations 

  • BG Group (now formally part of Shell)
  • Shell Global Solutions/Shell UK Limited
  • Baker Hughes
  • UFRJ
  • Schlumberger
  • Wood Group
  • BP
  • Statoil
  • Outokumpu
  • LBBC Technologies
  • Total
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Chevron
  • Croda
  • ADNOC