Advance Multiphase Flow Assurance and Production Laboratory (AMFAPL)
Texas A&M University at Qatar
Texas A&M University at Qatar
Dr. Mohammad Azizur Rahman received his PhD in Multiphase Flow from University of Alberta, Canada in 2010. Dr. Rahman joined the Petroleum Engineering Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar as an Assistant Professor in 2016. Prior his appointment, he was an Assistant Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland and an Instructor at University of Alberta, Canada. Dr. Rahman teaches Production Engineering courses and he developed a graduate Multiphase Flow Assurance course at TAMUQ. Dr. Rahman has received around 2 million research funding from Qatar Foundation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and Newfoundland Research & Development Corp. He has been involved in a number of research collaborations with companies, including Total, Qatargas, Intecsea, NEL, Syncrude Canada, GRI simulations, C-Core, Petroleumsoft and Coanda Research & Development Corp. He is also involved in with a number of professional organizations, including SPE, and ASME. He is a registered Profession Engineer in Alberta, Canada. Dr. Rahman established a multiphase flow loop and he contributed to more than 100 refereed journals and conference publications related to multiphase flow experiment and computational fluid dynamics simulation.
The Advance Multiphase Flow Assurance and Production Laboratory (AMFAPL) is located at Texas A&M at Qatar (TAMUQ) and is directed by Dr. Aziz Rahman. To study multiphase flow, Dr. Aziz Rahman’s group at TAMUQ has established a multiphase flow loop, which is state of the art in the whole Middle East. In this multiphase flow loop, researchers investigate the fundamental physics of multiphase flow, as well as the hydraulics of drilling and production phenomena. He also creates models using a robust software platform in which he can model from the nanoscale to field-scale problems. Modeling allows his team to minimize the scaling issues that can happen when lab-scale experiments are upscaled to the field scale. Dr. Rahman also recently bought an electrical process tomographic technique as well as particle image velocimetry and laser diagnostics. A powerful camera that can take 120,000 frames/sec can capture the motion of the fluid, and with the other advanced, high-response measurements, Dr. Rahman’s team can do high-impact experimental work related to multiphase flow.
Dr. Rahman’s team also studies how multiphase flow behavior can affect the structural integrity of an onshore and offshore industrial system. Multiphase flow can create lots of vibration, leading to failure in the system. Quantifying this scenario would be useful for Qatar, which relies heavily on these kinds of structures.
Another piece of state-of-the-art equipment is a multiphase core flood unit in which reservoir conditions — high temperature and high pressure — can be created and multiphase fluid can be injected into the porous media, such as Qatar’s carbonate formations. The aim is to combine the multiphase flow loop and the core-flooding apparatus to observe how this fluid behaves in porous media. This equipment will help in enhanced oil recovery, as well as help identify how different fluids react in the carbonate and damage the formation.
Dr. Rahman is heavily involved with industry, including Total, Qatargas, and other collaborations internationally in Canada and UK. With these partners, he applied for and received three grants from QNRF, which shows interest from the national funding agency and industry partners, which in turn gives him an opportunity to help technology transfer to the right level and to create potential IP to be used in Qatar.
For more information, please contact Dr. Aziz Rahman at email@example.com
DR. AZIZ RAHMAN