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Sprays, Petroleum and Gas Engineering

The Spray Research Group (SRG) and the Petroleum Technology Research Group (PTRG) are the two major research groups within the Petroleum and Gas Engineering Division. All research is coordinated by the Director, Professor Ghasem G. Nasr.

Spray Research Group (SRG)

The Spray Research Group (SRG) with its long standing international reputation was formed by Professor Ghasem Nasr in mid 1990’s. The group has collaborated with over 100 multi-national companies on fundamental, applied research, innovation management and enterprise. Our research specialises in the production of sprays, atomiser design and turbulent spray structures, spray fluid/flow boundary interaction and multiphase/reacting sprays. We have a wide variety of experience in applying experimental and computational modeling techniques to a range of industrial and commercial applications, such as:

  • Domestic and Industrial Aerosols
  • Fire and Explosion
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Decontamination
  • Healthcare Environment (MRSA, VSR etc)
  • Descaling Operation in Production Tubing
  • Combustion Process
  • Agricultural
  • Heating and Cooling Process
  • Food Processing
  • Pharmaceutical and Metering Systems
  • Gas Flaring and Single-Wall Nano-tube Production
  • Water Treatment Process
  • Fracking Technique

Hospital disinfectant device - Spray research at the University of SalfordWe have extensive hands-on experience in most fields of manufacturing process performance, process control, and measurement techniques involving sprays and a wide variety of experience in applying experimental and computational modelling techniques, utilising state of the art facilities to fundamental and industrial and commercial applications of sprays and the design of atomisation devices.

Our expertise also extends to fluid mechanical and instrumentation related R&D in the Petroleum and Gas Industries. Short and medium consultancy and development projects may be carried out to address the specific problems and challenges of different clients, or long term (typically 2-3 years) programmes may be arranged, supported by government or industrially funded research contracts.

SRG also deliver a range of short and bespoke courses for industry in the field of spray technology, including postgraduate programmes.

In all cases Salford places a great emphasis on commercial confidentiality to maintain market competitiveness.

Petroleum Technology Research Group (PTRG)

Flame from derrick - Petroleum and Gas Engineering research at the University of SalfordThe group’s activities include fundamental and applied research in meeting the needs of the petroleum and gas industry. The PTRG is actively involved in both modelling and experimental research in all aspects of petroleum and gas engineering:

  • Fracking (Unconventional Reservoir) Process
  • Reservoir modelling and simulation
  • Drilling and drilling fluids technologies
  • Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) processes
  • Production optimisation and flow assurance
  • Petroleum economics and management
  • Gas pipe pressure drop analysis
  • Burner/combustor design

Sprays, Petroleum and Gas Engineering Research Topics

  • Domestic and Industrial Aerosols Using Compressed Gas
  • Fire and Explosion using Fine Sprays
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Decontamination Using Fine Sprays
  • Coating and Cleaning for Healthcare Environment
  • Descaling Operation in Production Tubing Using High Pressure Sprays
  • Combustion Process in Turbine Injector
  • Agricultural Sprays
  • Heating and Cooling Process
  • Food Processing: Spray Coating
  • Pharmaceutical and Metering Systems
  • Gas Metering Design and Network Analysis
  • Gas Flaring and Single-Wall Nano-tube Production
  • Water Treatment Process Using Spray Techniques
  • Fracking Technique and Spray Utilization
  • Reservoir simulation modelling
  • Smart well technology
  • Drilling technologies
  • Enhanced oil recovery (EOR)
  • Internal and external fluid flow modelling of production facilities
  • Gas processing and transportation (GTL)