Researching Subsea Equipment for Lab Testing and Plume Migration

The project will research software and models of plume migration for subsea oil and gas productions. Plume migration is important because when a leak takes place subsea, it needs to set off a sensor, and to do that for point sensors, the product must come near the sensor. Knowing how oil will move under water will help the placement of sensors and improve overall leak detection of the system for any given environment. Another aspect of the project is to develop a lab model for testing leak detection technologies. Instead of testing products in the ocean or as a software simulation, a lab could be set up to model the near conditions of the ocean. This will allow the best testing of subsea leak technologies without deploying them in the field. 

This research project was undertaken and completed with a grant from and the financial assistance of Petroleum Research Newfoundland & Labrador.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Faisal Khan


Alan Hillier




Engineering - petrochemical


Oil and gas


Memorial University of Newfoundland



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