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Project Title Principal Supervisor Research Institutes Project Summary
Compliant coatings for drag reduction

Dr Ignazio Maria Viola

Energy Systems

Compliant coatings can decrease fuel consumption of marine vehicles and enhance energy efficiency of marine energy converters.

A numerical investigation on the effect of different paint coatings on ship resistance in real sailing conditions

Dr Ignazio Maria Viola

Energy Systems

In recent years, experimental investigations have been performed on the effect on drag foul release coatings at the University of Newcastle in partnership with International Paint Ltd.

Development and Evaluation of Sustainable Technologies for Flexible Operation of Conventional Power Plants

Dr Hannah Chalmers

Energy Systems

The increasing amounts of renewable energy present on the national grid reduce C02 emissions caused by electrical power but they fit into an electrical grid designed for fossil fuels. Fossil fuels can be turned on and off at will and so are very good at matching variations in load. Renewable energy in the form of wind turbines is more variable (although that variability is much more predictable than most people think) and there is a need for existing power plants to operate much more flexibly to accommodate the changing power output from wind, tidal and solar power.

Off-grid Hybrid Energy Systems

Dr Jonathan Shek

Energy Systems

This project aims to innovate and improved solutions for the management of power flows in a hybrid electrical power system, to provide a secure, reliable, and high quality supply to varying load demands. The expected research outcome is the design of a robust and fault-tolerant management system, featuring higher efficiency and improved techno-economic performance.

Optimal system sizing through linear programming Testing and analysis of an off-the-shelf hybrid system Novel control system design for optimised performance Lab testing and field testing
The Edinburgh Fluid Dynamics Group

Dr Ignazio Maria Viola

Energy Systems

The Edinburgh Fluid Dynamics Group (EFDG) webpage can be found below:  

OFFGAS: OFFshore Gas Separation

Prof Stefano Brandani

Materials and Processes

Gas separations on offshore platforms are of increasing importance for the purification of natural gas and for the separation of CO2 used in enhanced oil recovery (EOR).

Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Using MOFs: Materials and Process Development

Prof Stefano Brandani

Materials and Processes

The proposal aims to develop an international collaborative research programme under Topic 4 of the FENCO-NET call: New innovative CO2 capture technologies.

Measurement of pore wettability

Dr Xianfeng Fan

Materials and Processes

Pore wetting is a principal control of the multiphase flows through porous media. However, the contact angle measurement on other than flat surfaces still remains a challenge. In order to indicate the wetting in a small pore, we developed a new pore contact angle measurement technique to directly measure the contact angles of fluids and gas/liquid/supercritical CO2 in micron-sized pores under ambient and reservoir conditions in this study, as well as the effect of chemical functional groups on pore contact angle.

Modelling advanced adsorption processes for post-combustion capture

Prof Stefano Brandani

Materials and Processes

Carbon capture from power stations and industrial sources is an essential pillar in the effort of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to achieve the legally binding target set by the 2008 Climate Change Act of 80% reductions by 2050. The current state-of-the-art technologies for post-combustion capture (including retrofit options for existing plants) are based on amine scrubbers, but inherent energy requirements make this an expensive option and significant research is aimed at the development of next generation carbon capture processes that reduce the cost of capital equipment and the energy needed.

Health and Safety in Voluntary Sector Construction

Dr Martin Crapper

Infrastructure and Environment

This research, conducted using sociological methods, investigates how these volunteer workers of railway sector construct safety in their volunteering environment.

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