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About Ivor Ellul
With more than two decades of experience in technology management, Dr. Ivor Ellul currently serves as founder and chief executive officer of Knowledge Reservoir. Since its founding in 2000, the firm has advised enterprise clients on new ventures, pipeline engineering, and natural resource exploration. A native of Malta, Dr. Ivor Ellul served in a number of leadership positions in the early 1980s, including technical manager at Petrochem Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. While working for the Malta-based firm, he supervised the tank farm and petroleum pipeline installations.
As a petroleum engineering doctoral student at Imperial College in London, Dr. Ivor Ellul served as a research fellow in the Mineral Resources Engineering Department. Dr. Ivor Ellul has authored more than 30 research papers to date, including “An Enterprise-Wide System to Share Knowledge and Accelerate Development for Deepwater and Non-Conventional Wells,” which was published in Knowledge Management in Oil & Gas in 2003.
New Theories for Countering Sphaltene Deposits
Ivor Ellul is the CEO of Knowledge Reservoir, which he founded in 2000. As a longtime petroleum engineer, Ivor Ellul provides expertise on a wide range of oil and gas exploration topics, including pipeline engineering and simulation.
In a recent article, the Society of Petroleum Engineers publicized research that discusses how to find solutions to the costly problems created by sphaltene deposits in pipelines and wellbores. Walter Chapman, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Rice University, posited generating an effective deposition and phase behavior model for crude oil systems. At an event hosted by the SPE Flow Assurance Technical Section, Chapman concentrated on two specific models, the asphaltene deposition tool (ADEPT) and the perturbed chain form of the statistical associating fluid theory equation of state (PC-SAFT), which were developed at the university.
The university’s researchers state that PC-SAFT enables engineers to form all shapes and sizes of molecules, and can be utilized to explore phase behavior in a system, as it is conducive to the “polydisperse, polyatomic nature of asphaltenes.” In contrast, ADEPT is a simulator that allows engineers to better comprehend rates of aggregation, precipitation, and deposition by calculating the magnitude and occurrence of asphaltene deposition.