Oil & Gas InstituteOur research

Connecting high quality research to outcomes that have real impact, our leading-edge expertise and facilities are delivering real tangible solutions to technical and business problems. We offer a wide range of oil and gas related courses and training, and facilities for ad-hoc testing, consultancy work or for larger more extended development projects. 

We provide the oil and gas sector with leading applied research and development support across our four faculities and innovative research centres and testing facilities.

Since the launch of the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) in November 2014, Strathclyde has continued to maintain it's leading position with both applications, and the number of all projects awarded to 14 Scottish Universities. We were pleased to conduct the first project and were recently awarded the 50th project.

Our areas of research

Well Intervention Hose

OGIC Project Case Study: Hydrasun with University of Strathclyde

Hydrasun are leading specialists in well intervention flexible hoses. Working in collaboration with OGIC and Hydrasun, Strathclyde were challenged to the development, qualification, and fatigue testing of a complex flexible composite product enabling significant cost savings over conventional systems.

Read the full case study: OGIC Project Case Study: Hydrasun


OGIC Project Case Study: Blueshift International Materials with University of Strathclyde

Blueshift is a US-based corporation that is commercialising polymer aerogels for Oil and Gas pipeline insulation. After engaging with OGIC to support the development of their Polymer Aerogel Blanket, the University of Strathclyde was choosen to focus on blanket design and validation with multi-disciplinary teams. Blueshift is continuing to work with the University of Strathclyde as they take this project onto the next phase of development.

Read the full case study: OGIC Project Case Study: Blueshift International Materials

Nikon XT H 225/320 LC with torsion, fluid flow, heating and cooling.

Funded by the OGIC, Strathclyde works in partnership with the University of Glasgow on key projects using the Nikon XT H 225/320 LC system x-ray microtomography. This unique system allows breath-taking volume imaging of materials, reaching an optimum voxel size of 1.5 microns. The Deben CT 10kN cell allows us to image samples in situ under a range of conditions; to determine how materials alter at the micro-scale under applied stress, extreme temperatures and in a liquid environment if required.

Read the full capabilities: Nikon XT H 225/320 LC with torsion, fluid flow, heating and cooling

Computational Fluid Dynamics / Design Analysis of Mechanical Fluid Meter

OGIC Project Case Study: Cavitas Energy with University of Strathclyde

Cavitas Energy developed a downhole deployable device that produced heated fluid or steam within the wellbore of an injection well to help enhance oil recovery application in primary heavy oil environments.

With extensive experience in experimental and computational fluid mechanics, our Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering supported Cavitas Energy in using computational fluid dynamics to model what was happening to the fluids heated within the rotor, which allowed the design of the rotor to be optimised. 

Read the full case study: Cavitas Energy

InterventorTM - From Concept to Commercialisation

OGIC Project Case Study: Hydrasun with the University of Strathclyde

After identifying a opportunity to develop a lighter, self-supporting flexible hose for well intervention; pipeline intervention / commissioning and emergency response, Hydrasun created and developed a number of prototypes of a hose and undertook initial tensile tests. 

Looking to progress further, Hydrasun selected the University of Strathclyde to work collaboratively to refine the programme. Providing academic expertise and facilities, our department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering supported Hydrasun in testing, validation and the eventual commercialisation of a new and valuable product for the Subsea Oil and Gas Industry in a relatively short space of time. 

Find out more about OGIC Project Case Study: Hydrasun phase 2

Robotics Inspection

The core access, inspection and automation requirements for robotic inspection systems are common across the Oil & Gas, Nuclear, Aerospace and Power Generation sectors. By working with the Research Centre in Non-Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE), Strathclyde is able to pool R&D across industries reducing the cost to each partner, while benefiting from the transfer of knowledge between partners.

Find out more about our Robotics Inspection Capabilities

Working in collaboration

with the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre