Fluid research

Understanding the flow of gas, liquids and solids

Moving hydrocarbons out of reservoirs, through pipelines, around refineries and petrochemical plants, and on to customers is fundamental to our business. But understanding how gases, liquids and solids flow and interact with each other is a huge and complex area of science, where much is still unknown.
To improve analysis, prediction and control of these various 'flows', BP established the BP Institute of Multiphase Flow (BPI) at the University of Cambridge in 2000.
Researchers at the BPI are working on a wide range of challenges, from turbulent mixing in tanks to the behaviour of volcanoes and ocean currents. Potential industrial applications range from oil production and lubricants to paint and food. 

The strong relationship between BP and the BPI has fostered a close link between basic science and real-world problems, particularly in the oil and gas industry. The BPI has carried out valuable research in important areas such as enhanced oil recovery, reservoir flooding, corrosion, the use of polymers and surface agents, and the dynamics of carbon sequestration.
The strong relationship between BP and the BPI has fostered a close link between basic science and real-world problems.

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