The University of Cambridge

Energy @ Cambridge - BP Institute

The University of Cambridge BP Institute was established in 2000 by a generous endowment from BP, which has funded faculty positions, support staff and the Institute building, in perpetuity. The Institute research focuses on fundamental problems in multiphase flow and is highly interdisciplinary, spanning five University Departments: Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Earth Sciences (host department) and Engineering. The BP Institute's core areas of research include:

Surfaces and Particles:

  • Colloidosomes
  • Cracking of Surface Films
  • Food Physics and Chemistry
  • Shape Changing Particles
  • Surface Chemistry

 Fluid Dynamics:

  • Dissolution and Convection
  • Natural Ventilation/Building Physics
  • Oil, Gas and CO2 Flows in Porous Rocks
  • Surface Tension Modelling
  • Turbulent Mixing and Plumes
  • Volcanic Flows and Turbidites

Thermecmaster Thermomechanical Simulator

The University of Cambridge is home to a Thermecmaster Thermomechanical Simulator. The THERMECMASTOR-Z is a dilatometer that allows researchers to make simulations of thermo-mechanical treatments on small cylinder samples.

Cambridge also host expertise is Thermal Desorption Spectroscopy, and has equipment to measure hydrogen desorption, as a function of temperature during the heating of steel samples.