David Zhu


PHD Candidate
Flow Assurance

David is a chemical engineer who graduated from UWA in 2019 with a Master of Professional Engineering with Distinction. He also completed a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in 2018 with First Class Honours in Engineering Science. David’s research focus is on improving the predictions of gas hydrate phase equilibrium. Accurately predicting the hydrate phase equilibrium boundary is crucial to developing subsea tiebacks accessing untapped and remote gas fields and minimising the operating cost associated with hydrate inhibition using MEG. This project is being carried out in two phases. The first is focused on experimental data collation from literature to investigate uncertainty thresholds of current predictive software, the second on developing software capable of accurate hydrate predictions with complete compositional tracking using the Gibbs Energy Minimisation approach. The development of these tools will accelerate the development of sub economic gas fields crucial for a transition to a clean energy future that also meets the increasing global energy demand.

PhD Title: Advanced modelling for the prediction of fluid phases in complex hydrocarbon systems containing hydrates

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