Dr Wesley Williams, Louisiana State University

Large-Scale Experimental Fluid Mechanics in the Oil and Gas Industry and Beyond
When Jun 07, 2016
from 02:00 PM to 02:00 PM
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Contact Phone 01865-283302
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Abstract: Dr. Williams will discuss the capabilities and some of the unique aspects of the large-scale fluid mechanics experiments being performed at the LSU PERTT laboratory. These experiments impact the oil and gas industry in multiple applied areas: drilling, completions, production, and overall environmental safety.  Current research projects include assessment of regulatory required Worst Case Discharge calculations for the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Results of some of the current research on Worst Case Discharge will be presented. The talk will cover important aspects of single and two-phase flows in long vertical test sections. The LSU PERTT laboratory is actively looking for new research collaborations that would synergize with our unique large-scale capabilities.

Bio: Dr. Williams is a professional in residence and director of the Petroleum Engineering Research and Technology Transfer Laboratory (PERTT Lab) as part of the Louisiana State University’s Craft and Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Williams spent several years as an engineering consultant and project manager in the petrochemical and nuclear power industries where he gained experience in solving applied engineering design and process problems. His doctorate was earned from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he founded the research area of heat transfer enhancement with nanoparticle colloids (nanofluids).