The TowerLab modernized with the sponsorship of Shell, Petrobras and RWE DEA AG) focuses on Liquid Loading of natural gas producing wells. Accumulation of water and condensate liquids may seriously limit the economic life-span of the well. The reliable modeling of the various phenomena linked to liquid loading is crucial in selecting mitigation strategies, scheduling unloading operations and optimizing production — especially in unconventional reservoirs.Read more.
This aspect of our research program focuses on the development of an integrated reservoir-network facilities simulator using an Equation of State with a fully-implicit formulation model.Read more.
Dr. Holtzapple’s research group is developing the MixAlco process, which uses a mixed culture of microorganisms to convert any biodegradable biomass into carboxylic acids (e.g., acetic acid). The acids are recovered and react with hydrogen from reformed natural gas to produce mixed alcohols, which are oligomerized to hydrocarbons (gasoline and jet fuel). The carbon in the hydrocarbons is biologically sourced, so combusting it does not contribute to global warming.Read more.
Alternative Fuel spray research at Texas A&M University at Qatar In the last few years, the thrust for finding a clean, alternative (i.e., non-petroleum based) transportation fuel has become increasingly important than ever before owing to the environmental concerns and high cost of transportation fuels. Consequently, “synthetic” fuels are developed (using “Fisher-Tropsch” (F-T) synthesis) from […]Read more.
Dr. Nimir Elbashir’s research team’s vision is to establish a world-class research base that leverages local and global collaborations in order to build a state-of-the-art center of excellence in gas processing, petrochemicals and catalysis areas. Qatar has vast natural gas reserves, as well as significant reserves of petroleum, and it hosts the most advanced existing […]Read more.
Project: Modeling, optimization and dynamic analysis of fixed bed and milli-structured reactors for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (NPRP 7-559-2-211) The models of conventional and milli-structured fixed-bed reactors will be developed using a multi-scale approach. It will include the application of detailed kinetics, modeling of intra-particle mass and heat gradients, and computational fluid dynamics description of momentum, mass […]Read more.
Thermophysical Fluid Properties The thermophysical properties of fluids are vitally important for practical and theoretical considerations. In our research group, we investigate these properties using both experimental and theoretical techniques. Our experiments cover wide ranges of temperature and pressure for the properties: density, phase equilibrium and thermal effects. We also produce derived data from the […]Read more.
Asst. Professor Andrea Strzelec joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Texas A&M University in Fall 2011. She received her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Combustion Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did post-doctoral research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.Read more.
Dr. Ibrahim Hassan, professor at Texas A&M University at Qatar, has over twenty years of research experience in the field of Thermal Fluid Sciences and Energy. His research interests include Heat Transfer, Gas Turbines, Multiphase Flow, CFD, Thermal MEMS and Renewable Energy. The research conducted by Dr. Hassan presents state-of-the-art solutions to applications found in […]Read more.
The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC) – Qatar is leading a vibrant research program in close collaboration with the Qatar process industry on high relevance topics. The various research projects are funded by Industry (BP Global Gas SPU), the MKOPSC Qatar Consortium Members (QP, QAFAC, QAPCO, QCHEM, Qatargas, Rasgas, ConocoPhillips, Oxy Qatar, Qatar […]Read more.
Jim Holste’s primary research interests are the thermodynamic properties of fluids, with emphasis on experimental measurements of natural gas properties at high pressures and on equation of state development. Experimental facilities include capabilities of measuring densities at pressures up to 2,000 bar (30,000 psi) and dew points at pressures up to 100 bar (1,500 psia).Read more.
In collaboration with Power+Energy, Inc., our research group is employing detailed computational fluid dynamic modeling (CFD) of microreactor systems to realize breakthrough microreactor technology for natural gas processing to synthesis gas (for stranded NG monetization) or high-purity hydrogen (for alternative energy infrastructure).Read more.
The Gas and Fuels Research Centre enjoys having advanced fuel characterization research facilities. On the other hand, the Engine Research and Testing Laboratory (ERTL) have state of the art internal combustion engine facilities, with several engines, computer-controlled, with various sensors and data acquisition systems, and importantly, fast and high accurate emission measurement systems. The combination […]Read more.
Dr. El-Halwagi’s research is in the area of process design, integration, and optimization. The focus is on the development of systematic and generally applicable methodologies and tools that can guide engineers in the design and operation of gas and fuels processing facilities. The strength and attractiveness of these methodologies and tools stem from their ability […]Read more.
Balbuena’s research focuses on the analysis and design of materials using first-principles computational methods. Recently we have investigated a variety of catalytic and electrocatalytic reactions including the reduction of molecular oxygen on Pt-based alloy nanoparticles in acid medium, the catalyzed growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes by reaction of C-containing precursors on metal nanoparticles supported on […]Read more.
Development and Validation of Molecular-Based Models for the Prediction of Thermodynamic and Transport Properties of CO2 – Brine Mixtures Funded by Qatar National Research Fund (NPRP 6-1157-2-471) We aim to develop fundamental understanding of molecular interactions in CO2 – brine mixtures of importance to Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) processes through molecular simulations (Molecular Dynamics […]Read more.
Dr. Hasan’s research aims to discover novel technological pathways (novel materials, processes, and supply chains) for utilizing carbonaceous fuels while minimizing environmental damage. The unified thrust of his research is to address fundamental problems through developing detailed mathematical modeling, rigorous optimization theory and algorithms, computations and experimental validation. To this end, his research lies at […]Read more.
Wellbore Fluid Flow Our primary focus is modeling Gas and Oil flow through petroleum production system. Our model for multiphase flow of gas-liquid has found wide use in the industry and is a standard feature in many commercial packages. Wellbore Heat Transfer We have pioneered systemic modeling of heat transfer in wellbores. My work in […]Read more.
One goal is to apply thermodynamics to flow processes, specifically to the simulation of leaks from pressurized vessels and of supersonic fluid separators, with emphasis on the removal of natural gas impurities. Another goal is to develop equations of state for confined fluids and apply them to model adsorption and fluid behavior in heterogeneous catalytic systems, […]Read more.
Within Qatar, oil and gas still account for more than 50 percent of GDP, roughly 85 percent of export earnings, and 70 percent of government revenues. These resources have recently made Qatar the number one highest per-capita income country and one of the fastest growing economies in the world.Read more.