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Borehole breakouts are zones of enlargements of the wellbore cross section that form as a result of rock failure at the wellbore wall during drilling. The analysis of borehole breakout is essential in addressing wellbore stability, well completion, and sand production problems. This research...
Validation and Testing of a Numerical Model for the Design and Up-Scaling of Low Temperature Difference Stirling EnginesDownload
This thesis presents the experimental validation, testing and review of a numerical model for low temperature difference Stirling engines (LTDSEs). The research of LTDSEs is motivated by the potential use of low temperature heat as an unconventional sustainable energy source. An experimental...
The central Andes (18° - 26°S) is an active Cordilleran orogen, formed through the subduction of the Nazca oceanic plate beneath the South American continent. Despite significant tectonic crustal shortening and thickening (60 -70 km), deep seismic imaging indicates a thin to absent mantle...
The Laramide orogeny (~80-50 Ma) was an anomalous period of mountain-building in the western United States that took place >1000 km inboard of the Farallon Plate subduction margin. The orogeny was preceded by the development of the Western Interior Seaway and eastward migration of the volcanic...
Fluidized beds offer efficient solutions for segregation of clay and bitumen pellets in the oil production industry. However, the hydrodynamics of these systems is not well-known and they are mostly operated as ``black box''. The removal of clay pellets in the mechanical separation of oil sands...