CULLEN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering

Dr. Kostarelos, Konstantinos

Researchers Study Deepwater Gas Formation to Prevent Accidents

Work at UH Has Implications for Subsea Design and Operations

A team of researchers from the University of Houston is working with the oil industry to develop new ways to predict when an offshore drilling rig is at risk for a potentially catastrophic accident.

UH Engineer Creates New Technology to Keep Oil Flowing

Konstantinos Kostarelos with his prototype that electro-kinetically removes sludge and gunk from crude oil pipes

Konstantinos Kostarelos, associate professor in petroleum engineering, is building a new device to address the issue of blockage inside crude oil pipes. It’s a big problem in the oil industry. Companies typically spend a lot of money on chemical dispersants and inhibitors to address the issue and then they may still have to physically clean out the pipes by scraping the solids that have accumulated with devices called “pigs.”