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Join the School of Engineering for their annual Alumni reunion as they exhibit the school's activities and reconnect with students and staff

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In this online session, students, staff and industry partners have been invited to discuss their research and share their findings through a series of short presentations.

Throughout the session you will also be able to explore the labs and catch up on all the news from the school.

Finally, there will be an opportunity to network with other RGU alumni engineers from around the world and make some new connections.

Engineering research presentations will include:

Determining the Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Microplastics in Soil and Their Impact on Soil Function by PhD student Stuart Ramage

Modelling and Analysis of Vortex-Induced Vibrations For Flexible Pipes Conveying Multiphase Flow  by PhD student Hareesh Meenakumari

A first principles approach to improved quadrature design for chordal ultrasonic flowmeters by PhD student Patrick Arnould

Thermal spray Coatings in the protection of substrate against wear, corrosion, erosion, catalysts layer by academic Professor Nadimul Faisal

Optical Fibres & their Sensing Applications by academic Professor Radhakrishna Prabhu

BP's Digital Transformation by industry partner and alumni Frederik Heda

A Day in the Life of a Graduate Subsea Project Engineer by industry partner Erin Devaney and Caitlin Gilmour

This event will take place over Zoom, the link will be sent to you on the day of the event, please check your spam inbox if you do not receive it by 2pm.

If you have any questions please send them to Heather Wardrope, Alumni Engagement Officer, h.wardrope1@rgu.ac.uk. or to Dr. Reza Sanaee, Course leader Drilling and Well Engineering r.sanaee1@rgu.ac.uk

Stuart Ramage

Stuart is a PhD researcher affiliated with the School of Engineering at Robert Gordon University (RGU), Aberdeen, and the Environmental and Biochemical Sciences group at the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen. He completed a BSc (Hons) in Forensic & Analytical Science at RGU in 2019 where he obtained first class honours. Stuart began his PhD in October 2019 working on microplastics in the terrestrial environment.

Determining the Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Microplastics in Soil and Their Impact on Soil Function

Microplastic research has mainly been conducted on the marine environment despite evidence suggesting plastic pollution is 4-23 times higher in soil compared to in marine waters. Common soil additions such as composts and sewage sludge are continuously being applied to soils worldwide and have been found to contain alarmingly high levels of microplastics. There is evidence to suggest microplastics impose adverse effects on microbial communities which impacts nutrient cycling and soil health/fertility, therefore having impacts on plant growth and health, among other implications. It is therefore timely and important to understand the extent and impacts of microplastic pollution in Scotland to help address and inform future mitigation and remediation strategies for the protection of one of Scotland’s most valuable natural assets.

This PhD includes the determination of the temporal and spatial distribution of microplastics in Scottish soils, whereby a novel microplastic extraction method has been developed utilising high-gradient magnetic separation, as well as their determining their behaviour and fate in soil over time. Further work is being undertaken to elucidate the correlation between the quantity of microplastics and environmental pollutants found in soils. The uptake and release of selected persistent organic pollutants to the surface of microplastics in soils is being investigated, and the combinative effect on soil function and ecosystem services induced by these contaminant-adsorbed microplastics is also being elucidated.

Hareesh Meenakumari

Hareesh Narain Ravindran Meenakumari is a 2nd year Ph.D. student at the School of Engineering. He completed his Masters in Subsea and Pipeline Engineering at The University of Strathclyde in 2019. His current research work includes modelling and analysis of vortex-induced vibration for flexible pipes and catenary risers conveying multiphase flow. His research interests are Flow-Induced Vibrations, Pipeline Integrity, and Computational Fluid Dynamics. 

Modelling and Analysis of Vortex-Induced Vibrations For Flexible Pipes Conveying Multiphase Flow. 

Hydrocarbon flows in a marine riser may appear in multiple phases with different flow patterns, among which, slug flows are found to be increasingly problematic due to mass fluctuations in flow properties causing slug flow-induced vibrations (SIV). The fatigue life of a marine riser can also be significantly reduced when subjected to external excitations due to vortex-induced vibrations (VIV). In this study, a long flexible pipe subjected to external excitations due to vortex-induced vibrations (VIV) in combination with internal slug flow-induced vibrations (SIV) is investigated.

Patrick Arnould

Patrick Arnould is a part-time research student in the school of Engineering at RGU investigating methods to further improve the accuracy of chordal ultrasonic flowmeters (UFMs). His background is in flow measurement and allocation in the oil and gas industry with his full-time role involving regulatory inspections of fiscal measurement stations. Patrick's research interests include mathematical modelling of UFMs, chordal UFM quadrature design and methods for predicting residual error in measured velocity due to axial distortion.

A first principles approach to improved quadrature design for chordal ultrasonic flowmeters

This presentation will summarise research which aims to improve the accuracy of chordal ultrasonic flowmeters (UFMs) in axial distortion. The rationale for the research will be discussed including background relating to use and operation of chordal UFMs in fiscal applications in the oil and gas industry. The methodology, which involves mathematical modelling of chordal UFMs in axial distortion, will be explained. Results relating to a change in the method for calculating Gauss-Legendre weighting factors for an existing 4-chord design and of novel 4 and 5 chord designs using different path positions and interpolant in the quadrature design will be presented.

Professor Nadimul Faisal

Nadimul Faisal is currently a Professor of Surface Engineering & Micromechanics at Robert Gordon University (RGU), Aberdeen, UK. Additionally, he is Research Degree Coordinator at the School of Engineering, Advanced Materials research group lead, and editor of School’s research newsletter. He has collaborated on number of commercial projects funded by small & large companies. He is Member of IMechE and CEng, and IMMM. He is Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and Member of RSE’s Young Academy of Scotland (MYAS). He is EPSRC Full College member. He is a founder of d.FL (a start-up technology company).

Thermal spray Coatings in the protection of substrate against wear, corrosion, erosion, catalysts layer

He is an experimental researcher and work in the field of mechanical & materials engineering, with focus on Micromechanics & Surface Engineering. He will present about his work on thermal spray coatings which was used in various industrial applications to protect substrate against wear, corrosion, erosion, catalysts layer, etc. He will talk about such coating manufacturing, testing and advanced characterisation, e.g. residual strain using neutron diffraction technique

Professor Radhakrishna Prabhu

Prof. Radhakrishna Prabhu is an Electrical Engineer with PhD in Instrumentation and currently holds a position as Professor in Smart Sensors and Instrumentation at the School of Engineering, Robert Gordon University. His current research interest includes sensors, instrumentation, renewable energy systems, energy storage and utilisation, and clean technology. Prabhu has more than 20 years of applied research experience mainly in the development of energy systems, sensors & instrumentation, monitoring, micro & nano sensors. He has led many research projects as principal investigator, both international and local projects, funded by governmental funding bodies and industries. Although quite a lot of his research has been commercially confidential, he also has a large body of published work and holds several patents. He is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy, Chartered Engineer and member of IEEE & IET.

Optical Fibres & their Sensing Applications

Fibre Optic Sensing is a powerful sensing approach with widespread use in various applications. Over the past few years, there has been growing interest in the development of glass or polymer-based fibre optic sensors. Optical fibres have advantages like smaller size, immunity to electromagnetic interference, freedom from corrosion, chemical inertness and large bandwidth which can accommodate the growing needs of sensing and monitoring in challenging environments. Optical fibres allow real-time remote monitoring of various environmental parameters such as pressure, temperature, strain, and they are capable of carrying out distributed sensing. Further, a large number of point-type sensors can be embedded into fibres and can be monitored remotely, exploiting the large bandwidth associated with fibres. This talk will explore development of a variety of optical fibre-based sensing devices for medical, security and energy related applications.

Frederik Heda

I am a 23-year-old Software Engineer, originally from Munich, Germany. After finishing High-School, I moved to Scotland and completed an MEng in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (Fast track) before joining bp last September. During my time at RGU I was a student representative in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year.

BP's Digital Transformation

"At bp, I am working as a software engineer, working on a variety of projects developing software that is used at bp sites. After a brief introduction and overview of my role my presentation would entail speaking about:

- bp’s digital transformation and how this relates to bp’s ambition of net zero by 2050 or sooner

- priorities of the digital teams

- advantages of being a digital first organization

- an overview of how having a background in engineering is a great advantage that benefits me in my day-to-day work."

Erin Devaney

Originally from Glasgow, I moved to Aberdeen in 2014 to study at Robert Gordon University. I graduated from RGU, with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering in 2019. Post-graduation, I started the TechnipFMC Project Engineer Graduate Scheme. I am now in my 3rd year of the graduate scheme, where I have been a part of a project team, developing the Seagull Field and delivering the subsea execution for Neptune Energy/bp. This has given me great opportunities, the biggest being offshore time in the North Sea on many types of vessels; Survey, Dive, Construction and Trenching vessels. It has been an extremely rewarding journey, from studying at RGU, implementing this knowledge in my job role and then being involved in projects where I am involved in the design, fabrication and offshore installation.

Caitlin Gilmour

I joined TFMC in 2018 after graduating from Strathclyde University with a Masters in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. I have now completed the 3 year graduate scheme and my current role is Subsea Project Engineer. I’ve had experience working in the office, with different business units, on site and offshore. A key highlight for me has been the ability to travel with work as I’ve completed a site placement in Cyprus and many Offshore Campaigns in the Mediterranean Sea.

A Day in the Life of a Graduate Subsea Project Engineer

This presentation will give an overview of the TFMC graduate scheme, as well as an insight into the day to day life in the office, on site and offshore as a Subsea Project Engineer. The presenters will talk about their own experiences and what they find challenging and exciting in their role.

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