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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 120 multi-national companies on fundamental, applied research, innovation management and enterprise . New domestic aerosol valve spray using inert gases developed with a number of granted patents commercialized. The invention helps to reduce the harmful omissions to the environment that are currently produced through conventional butane led domestic aerosol cans, The Group won in November 2014 the Times Higher Education (THE) Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology”.

Sprays Research Group (SRG)

  • 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

Petroleum Technology Research Group (PTRG)

  • 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)
  • 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 Research Group (SRG)

The Spray Research Group (SRG) has an equipped laboratory for the analysis of sprays and fluid flow, with such equipment as:

  • Phase Doppler Anemometry (PDA)
  • Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)
  • Malvern Mastersizer
  • Pulse photonics
  • High speed Cameras and various digital imaging
  • Hot wire anemometry
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Crimping and flow control systems for aerosol
  • Various CFD packages, CAD, Solidworks
  • Fire and Explosion Equipment
  • Descaling Equipment
  • Spray coating and painting equipment

For the in-house manufacture of component parts the facility also has:

  • 3-axis CNC Milling machine
  • Lathe and various equipment for parts machining

Petroleum Technology Research Group (PTRG)

The PTRG was also formed over 5 years ago led by Professor Ghasem Nasr; the 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. Recently multi-Million pounds investment has been made in the petroleum laboratory with the state- of-arts facilities as well as multimillion pounds on simulation software packages that are used for research and consultancy as well as teaching and learning in petroluem and gas engineering. Example of these facilities are:

  • Capillary pressure and resistivity system
  • Rock compressibility and insitu acoustic velocity system
  • Coreflood system configurable for any EOR processes
  • Unsteady state gas permeameter and porosimeter 
  • The Steady State Liquid Permeameter
  • Bench top unsteady state and steady state relative permeameter system
  • Wax deposition flow loop for stock tank oil
  • Pressure Tapped Hydrostatic Core Holder
  • Automatic Porosimeter (AutoPore)
  • NanoCT package
  • Rolling ball viscometer

Petroleum Computer Simulation Research Laboratory

The PTRG has a well equipped computer laboratory with the latest computational packages that are used in industry for the analysis of petroleum and gas scenarios: 

  • Schlumberger (Pipesim, OFM, Petrel, Eclipse)
  • Petroleum Experts (IPM Suite)
  • KAPPA (Ecrin v4.12.07, Emeraude v2.60.05)
  • SMT KINGDOM (SMT Suite)
  • STREAMsim Technologies (Studio SL, 3DSL, FloodOPT)
  • NEOTEC SPT GROUP (OLGA WELLFLO, PIPEFLO, FORGAS DRILLBENCH)
  • Senergy (INTERACTIVE PETROPHYSICS);
  • Fekete (WELLTEST)
  • Baker Hughes

Professor Ghasem Nasr (Head of Sprays and Petroleum Research Groups)

Dr Chima Enyi, Petroleum Engineering

Dr Martin Burby, Industrial Combustion Engineering and Simulation

Dr Amir Nourian, Spray Systems and laser diagnostic

Dr Abubakar Abbas, Petroleum Engineering and simulation

Dr Meisam Babaies, Petroleum Economics and Combustion Engineering (Nox Emissions and Control) and simulation 

Mr Ali Kadir, Pipe Corrosion

Mr N E Connor, Gas Engineering

Dr Musa Abuhesa, Gas Flaring

Dr Denver James, Heat Transfer

Mr Alan Wells, Project and business Management

Technical Support: Mr Alan Mappin and Mr Paul Done

Current research projects:

  • Domestic Aerosol Valve
  • Emulsion droplet size on fluid loss
  • Fire and Explosion
  • Unconventional Reservoir
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Optimising production of multilateral wells
  • Gas lift optimisation

We are happy to host a “3D Drilling Simulators in Oil and Gas Industry: Opportunities for Teaching,  Research and Employability ” talk to be delivered as follows:

Date: Friday, 4th November, 2016
Time: 10:00 -11:00 am
Venue: Mary Sea Cole MS3.02
Speaker: Max Wyndham
Company: Drilling Systems

Prof Ghasem Nasr
Head of Research Centre, Salford Innovation Research Centre
Associate Dean of Research and Innovation / Chair in Mechanical Engineering and Innovation
E:g.g.nasr@salford.ac.uk