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Internship | Flow induced forces in multiphase CO2 flow

Delft, Zuid-Holland 6 mois
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Improving the understanding of fluid-structure interaction of CO2 systems to design system support requirements

What will be your role?

To combat climate change the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere must decrease rapidly. One of the ways to accomplish this is through CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage). In this process the carbon is captured at a source, transported though a system of pipelines and injected into the subsurface.

In these transport pipelines or in injection wells, multiphase flow can occur. This is because the phase boundary between liquid and gaseous CO2 is at conditions that can be found in these transport pipelines. The multiphase flow, in which the average density of the fluids can vary significantly, leads to forces acting on the pipelines, especially at bends. These forces can induce vibrations in the pipelines, which can cause wear and tear of the system. It is important to be able to estimate these forces and vibrations before the construction of a pipeline system.

Experiments have been performed with multiphase flow of CO2 in a pipeline with bends, in which the forces exerted by the multiphase flow on the bends in the pipeline have been measured. The goal of this project is to reproduce these experiments with CFD simulations. In the past, experiments with oil and air or oil and water could be reproduced with CFD. CO2 differs from these water/oil-air systems in that it has a much lower viscosity and surface tension. The challenge of this project will be to see whether these different fluid properties can be successfully incorporated into the CFD simulations and to determine to what extend the CFD is able to reproduce the experimental results within a reasonable calculation time.

MSc project (8-9 months). Must have followed fluid mechanics courses. Experience with CFD is a large plus.

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

We are looking for a student who is enthusiastic, critical and a team-player. We expect you to work hard and independently on your own project, but ask for help if needed. Knowledge on CFD is highly preferred. Knowledge of multiphase flow phenomena is welcome. Duration of the project is 8-9 months (MSc graduation)

What you'll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It's not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That's why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow's world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we'd like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the 'apply now' button.

Contact: Jos Westende, van 't
Phone number: +31888665483

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.