The McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering is housed in Stephenson Hall, a $16.1 million facility that serves TU’s petroleum and mechanical engineering programs. We enhance our student’s academic experience by providing research access to the following equipment and laboratories:
- State of the art computer facilities for petroleum engineering and mechanical engineering students
- Drilling laboratory located on North Campus
- Full-scale cutting transport facility
- 2,000-foot-well for multiphase and artificial lift experiments
- Multiphase flow loop for a variety of projects
The goal of TU’s North Campus is to explore innovations for the petroleum industry and foster learning by students, researchers, private industry and governments. Our research projects have generated millions of dollars and hundreds of research projects designed to solve the problems of today’s energy industry.
Located at 2450 E. Marshall St., the land and buildings were donated to TU by Humble Oil and Refining Co. in 1965. The property included a drilling research laboratory and a full-sized enclosed drilling rig. The gift provided a funding avenue for the Tulsa University Drilling Research Projects consortium to form in 1965. Since then, additional research consortia have formed as industry and government join forces to fund major research initiatives. The following research consortia and joint industry projects are operated at North Campus:
- The TU Delayed Coking Project (established in 1999) enhances the understanding of the coking process and optimizes its practice while improving its health, environmental and safety aspects.
- The TU Erosion/Corrosion Research Consortium conducts experiments, gathers data, and completes computational modeling to provide guidelines to alleviate problems of erosion, corrosion, and erosion-corrosion.
- The TU Hydrates Flow Performance research program is an experimental study to develop a database of fundamental test results for hydrate slurry flow in oil systems.
- The TU Paraffin Deposition Prediction research project enhances the understanding of paraffin deposition in single and two-phase flows, conducts focused experiments to better understand various aspects of deposition physics, and utilizes knowledge gained from experimental modeling studies to enhance computer programs.
- The TU Center of Research Excellence is a partnership between TU and Chevron to conduct research on oil and gas production systems.
- The TU Artificial Lift Projects is an industry-sponsored academic research consortium that performs research on artificial lift. TUALP provides a unique environment, combining a nearly industrial-sized experimental facility with theoretical academic support.
- The TU Center for Reservoir Studies applies new technology to oil and gas fields to improve performance.
- The TU Fluid Flow Projects is a cooperative search group founded in 1973 that conducts research on fluid flow problems encountered by its member companies.
- The TU High-Viscosity Oil Projects conducts applied research on high-viscosity oil multiphase flows in wells and pipelines.
- The TU Petroleum Reservoir Exploitation Projects is a cooperative industry-university research project organized to address basic and applied research needs of the petroleum industry in reservoir characterization, well testing and reservoir simulation.
- The TU Separation Technology Projects was established in 1994 and has the mission to advance state-of-the-art compact multiphase cyclonic separation technology for gas/oil/water flow.
- Tulsa University Sand Management Projects joint industry project was established to address issues related to sand production and management such as solids detection and monitoring, erosion monitoring in offshore production, sand settling and blockage in offshore pipes, sand deposition in multiphase flow, sand separation, sand screens, and erosion of piping and equipment.