Aalborg University

Aalborg University (AAU) offers education and research within the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, technical and health sciences.
AAU currently consolidates and further develops its profile as a dynamic and innovative research and educational institution oriented towards the surrounding world. It is characterized by combining a keen engagement in local, regional, and national issues with an active commitment to international collaboration. 

Oil and Gas Capabilities and Facilities

The expertise related to oil and gas production and infrastructure is distributed on several engineering departments under the Faculty of Engineering and Science and covers aspects as reservoir engineering, submersible robotics, offshore structure and materials, risk assessment, offshore chemicals and topside processes, all in close cooperation with the companies of the sector such as Maersk Oil, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Dong etc. Snapshots of research areas are highlighted below, and many other high quality research competences of Aalborg University might be directly or indirectly of relevance to oil and gas production. You can find an expert in your area of interest here.


Department of Energy Technology has expertise in modelling, optimisation, control and fault/failure diagnosis of offshore oil and gas production. In the context of the topside processes, the department is competent in control of gas/oil/water separators, hydrocyclone oil/water separation, as well as other processes for de-oiling of Produced Water (PW). Facilities include a pilot plant including one riser, one gas/oil/water separator and one hydrocyclone currently under expansion with a membrane Microfiltration (MF) unit to support future projects aimed at improving the PW treatments. The department also do research in submersible robotics for underwater inspection and maintenance.

Department of Chemistry and Bioscience has experience related to offshore production chemicals (e.g. H2S scavengers, anti-scaling agents), analytical techniques, enhanced oil recovery (EOR), high-pressure physical and chemical processes in near- and supercritical media and high-pressure phase equilibria. With regard to production chemicals, research is focused on the minimisation of their use and their recovery in the topside processes, with the aim of reducing the operating costs of Oil & Gas offshore production. In addition, this expertise is suitable to support the development of membrane based topside processes for the recovery of offshore chemicals or for PW treatment prior to discharge or re-injection

In the area of EOR, research aims at understanding what is going on in the reservoir at the interface between brine (e.g. formation water), oil and different flooding fluids, using flotation techniques, core flooding experiments, etc.

Another core competence is represented by high-pressure physical and chemical processes in near-critical and supercritical media, together with related expertise in high-pressure phase equilibria. In this area, research activities comprise the development of experimental set ups and related procedures, as well as phase-equilibrium and chemical process simulation and modelling.

Department of Civil Engineering has competences in modelling of load effects from wave and wind and the non-linear response of complex offshore structures, ranging from bottom-founded to moored floating structures. The overall scope of modelling is to estimate the lifetime of a structure or structural component when subjected to the aforementioned effects. This involves studying damage progression in details through advanced non-linear material analyses in order to enhance the accuracy of the lifetime estimation. The validity of the numerical analyses is tested through experimental work. Another research area of the department relates fatigue and fracture analysis, namely, structural health monitoring (SHM). In particular, focus is here on SHM of offshore structures, with the purpose of developing reliable and robust methods for remote detection and localization of structural damages in these structures. This being of relevance for the offshore industry due to the tedious and costly nature of the existing, human structure inspection approaches.

Other research interests are concentrated on risk and reliability analysis of large constructions and renewable energy structures, with specific focus on wind turbines and wave energy device.

Find a link to the Danish Centre for Risk and management here.

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AAU has 23,000 students enrolled out of which 3,200 are international (2015). 60% of the AAU graduates get jobs in the private sector. AAU employs 2,100 researchers/teaching staff (550 international researchers) and 1,250 administrative support staff. The total budget of AAU is 375 mill. EUR (2013).
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