NTNU på Underwater Technology Conference (UTC)

Egil Tjåland i paneldebatt sammen med tidligere astronaut Mike Bloomfield (til venstre)

Instituttleder Egil Tjåland hadde i går et innlegg om deep sea mining på Underwater Technology Conference (UTC) i Bergen. NTNU og Institutt for geovitenskap og petroleum leder Norsk forum For marine Mineraler (NMM) som har som mål å bidra i utviklingen av kunnskap og teknologi for å muliggjøre utvinning av marine mineraler. Tjåland deltok også i en paneldebatt med blant annet Mike Bloomfield fra Oceaneering. Blomfield er for øvrig tidligere astronaut med 3 turer med romferjer. Han leder nå Oceaneerings «Space Program» i Houston.

 

Erna Solberg: – viktig petroleumssamarbeid med Ghana

Statsminister Erna Solberg mener at det viktig at norske utdanningsinstitusjoner samarbeider med Ghana på petroleumsfeltet. NTNU har nylig inngått en intensjonsavtale om samarbeid med Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), og til stede ved signeringen av avtalen var statsminister Solberg.

 

NTNU bidrar til vannkraftutvikling i Nepal

Nepal har like store vannkraftressurser som Norge, men utnytter kun 5% av potensialet. Nylig var en delegasjon med rektor Gunnar Bovim i spissen på besøk i Nepal for å se på hvordan NTNU kan bidra til mer effektiv utvinning av vannkraftressursene. Representanter fra institutt for geovitenskap og petroleum var med for å se hvordan NTNU kan bidra innen tunellteknologi og bergmekanikk. Professor Krishna Panthi skal nå hjelpe  Tribhuvan University med å bygge opp masterutdanning innen tunellteknologi

 

Porelab: Course by Professor Hassanizadeh on “Fundamentals of multiphase flow in porous media” (June 18-25)

Professor Majid Hassanizadeh, Managing Director at InterPore and Professor of Hydrogeology at Utrecht University, is coming to PoreLab Trondheim on June 18th.

He will give a total of 14 hours course speaking about “Fundamentals of multiphase flow in porous media – From the molecular scale to the REV scale – Averaging-thermodynamic approach for development of basic equations” (see attached file).

You are kindly invited to attend his course.

When, where:

The courses will be organized at the Petroleum center (Valgrinda, PTS1, S.P. Andersens vei 15A) as follow:

  • Tuesday 18 June 2019, 3 hours starting at 9:00, Auditorium P10 PTS Paviljong (From molecular to pore or grain scale; derivation of conservation equations for a single phase)
  • Wednesday 19 June 2019, 2 hours starting at 9:00, Auditorium P1 (From molecular to pore or grain scale; derivation of conservation equations for multiphase systems)
  • Wednesday 19 June 2019, 1 hour starting at 13:00, Auditorium P1 (Basics of Rational Thermodynamics)
  • Thursday 20 June 2019, 2 hours starting at 9:00, Auditorium P1 (Derivation of constitutive equations for solids (e.g., Hooke’s law of elasticity) and fluids (e.g., Newton’s law of viscosity) using Rational thermodynamic approach)
  • Friday 21 June 2019, 2 hour starting at 9:00, Auditorium P1 (Derivation of constitutive equations for single-phase flow in a porous medium)
  • Monday 24 June 2019, 2 hours starting at 9:00, Auditorium P1 (Derivation of equations for multiphase flow in a porous medium)
  • Tuesday 25 June 2019, 2 hours starting at 9:00, Auditorium P1 (Advanced theories of two-phase flow in porous media; combining conservation laws and constitutive equations)

Please notice that the courses are all given in the Auditorium P1, PTS1, except for the first day (June 18th).

About credits

The PhD candidates have the possibility to include Professor Hassanizadeh’s course as a part of their “Individual Study Syllabusin agreement with their supervisor/professor. Professor Hassanizadeh’s course corresponds to 1.5 credits (“studiepoeng” in Norwegian). Please be aware that Professor Hassanizadeh’s course should not overlap with existing courses.

I remind you that the Individual Study Syllabus should have a minimum of 3 credits, and requires a final assessment in form of an exam, report or other assessments.

Program: Hassanizadeh_course_PoreLab

Ben Snook met The King

Ben Snook met The king on this years Ocean Week at NTNU. The topic was Deep Sea Mining

The King visited the NTNU stands at Ocean Week, and heard a series of talks culminating with a discussion about research into Deep Sea Mining. The presentation used rock samples and microscope images to introduce Loki’s Castle; a site of active hydrothermal venting at 2300 m depth on the sea floor, on the Mohn’s Ridge between Jan Mayern and Svalbard. Snook explained how these systems are living mineral deposits, and can act as natural laboratories for investigating the occurrence of minerals and metals – in this case copper and zinc. They saw the mineral forms these metals can occur in, and then discussed how these metals are demanded by society. We finished with a comment on how the whole research group is working together (geologists, mineral processing, engineers, biologists, ethicists and historians) to answer the question not only of how these deposits could act as a future supply for the demands of society, but, considering how precious the ocean is, whether we should utilise them at all; research and understanding is critical in informing our decisions going forward.