Cranfield University - Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Cranfield’s eight specialist areas of focus, or themes, are where we bring a range of academic disciplines together in order to tackle the grand challenges facing the world within a range of industrial and commercial sectors. These are Aerospace, Defence & Security, Energy & Power, Environment & Agrifood, Leadership & Management, Manufacturing, Transport Systems, and Water.

Capability Statement

We have exceptional facilities many of which are unique in the university sector. Our impressive on-site pilot-scale facilities include: gas turbines and high-pressure combustion rigs, a structural integrity laboratory, an ocean systems laboratory and an industrial-scale single phase and multiphase flow oil & gas laboratory.

Development Activities

Research and technology development relevant to the subsea industry, both ongoing and recently completed by related departments and research centres.

  • Inferential Slug Control (ISC)
    • Field trials of our ISC invention in the North Sea and West Africa indicated an increase of 10% in oil production by the elimination of severe slugging through the usage of the inferential slugging control solution.
  • MultiFlowMet (Multiphase Flow Metrology)
    • We are partners in a European collaborative project called MultiFlowMet (Multiphase Flow Metrology) which is attempting to increase confidence in the performance of multiphase flow meters.
  • CorrosionRADAR
    • An entrepreneurial PhD student has invented a breakthrough sensing technology in response to the industrial need for remote corrosion inspection and monitoring. The sensor is a ‘waveguide’ in the form of a thin flexible cord that is permanently installed along a pipe. It chemically reacts to the corrosive environment around it and uses algorithms to find the location of corrosion on the external surface of the pipe.
  • PRONTO (PROcess NeTwork Optimisation)
    • We are partners in a collaborative project called PRONTO (PROcess NeTwork Optimisation) for the efficient and sustainable operation of Europe’s process industries, taking machinery condition and process performance into account.
  • CFD (computational fluid dynamics) for large diameter pipelines
    • This research showed how CFD (computational fluid dynamics) could be used to get information for large diameter pipelines (38 inch, for instance) where field or experimental data are not available. It demonstrated one of the key capabilities of CFD, namely the scaling-up from (validated) laboratory-scale data to full industrial-scale data.

Areas of future research interest that we would like to explore with other companies, universities and centres of excellence.

Subsea Oil & Gas

  • Flow assurance
  • Remote monitoring and control
  • Deepwater oil spills
  • Production optimisation
  • Multiphase flow measurement

Quality Rating

Each university unit is rated in terms of quality, this table shows the percentage of each quality classification given for this unit ranging from 4* (best rating) to N/C (unclassified).

Ratings Key

  • 4* - Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
  • 3* - Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of the highest standards of excellence.
  • 2* - Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
  • 1* - Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
  • N/C - Unclassified.

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