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FLOWTRANS – Initial Training Network

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There is increasing demand for natural resources such as oil, gas, metals, ore, water which is posing a number of challenges for geological exploration and extraction. If we are to tackle these challenges, we need to increase our knowledge and understanding of the flow of gas and fluids within rocks and granular media.

FlowTrans is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme. Established in January 2013, the FlowTrans ITN will run until December 2016.

The purpose of FlowTrans – Flow and Transformation of Porous Media – is to investigate and understand the flow and transformation of porous media through a range of disciplines including physics, chemistry, earth sciences and mathematics.

FlowTrans ITN is a multidisciplinary network of academics, researchers and industry experts from across the world. The collaborative approach of the FlowTrans ITN provides a unique research training environment for 11 Early Stage Research Fellows and 4 Experienced Research Fellows.

Through participation in the FlowTrans network, the Research Fellows will advance the knowledge and understanding of the flow and transformation of porous media and through state of the art analytical and experimental methods, develop research and techniques that can be directly used in a range industrial applications. A dedicated training and learning programme is in place to enable Fellows to develop a range of management, communication and interpersonal skills.


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Research

FlowTrans research themes relate to the characterisation and understanding of fluid flow and chemical reaction within rocks and granular media.

FlowTrans research aims to contribute to tackling the challenges in exploration and geological resources and enhance the understanding and development of industrial applications, including carbon dioxide sequestration, hydrocarbon migration, ore deposit development and radioactive waste disposal.

Funding

FlowTrans is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) research programme, funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework People Programme.

Collaboration

FlowTrans involves collaboration between 10 partners from across Europe in the academic, research and industry sectors

University Partners

Industry Partners

Associate Partners

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Research opportunities

FlowTrans ITN Fellowships

All the available FlowTrans ITN Fellowships have been filled!

We have 11 Early Stage Researcher posts, all of which have been filled.

We have 4 Experienced Researcher posts, all of which have been filled.

Objectives

The objective of FlowTrans is the creation of a unique research training environment and a new inter-sectoral supra-interdisciplinary field to de-fragment European knowledge and combine industry and universities to harness understanding of basic scientific questions for tackling future challenges in Exploration of Geological Resources.

  • Fault zone permeability and mineral reactions (ore deposits and contaminant transport)

    Glasgow ER1, Münster ESR1, Grenoble ESR3, Münster ESR4, Glasgow ESR9, associate partners: CSIRO (private), Amphos (private), Magnitude (private)

  • Creating and clogging dynamic permeability (dynamics of tight deposits)

    Magnitude ER2 (private), Grenoble ESR5, Strasbourg ESR6, Oslo ESR7, associate partners: IRIS (private), Magnitude (private)

  • Transforming reservoirs, coupling of fast and slow transformation (hydrocarbon and contaminant transport)

    Jerusalem ER3, Oslo ESR2, Strasbourg ESR8, Copenhagen ESR10, Warsaw ESR11, associate partners: CSIRO (private), Magnitude (private), IRIS (private)

  • Locating flow and transformation: Inversion and exploration

    (Application of RWP 1-3) ORG ER4 (private), ESR1-11, associate partners: CSIRO (private), Amphos (private), Magnitude (private), IRIS (private)