PhD Studentship in Engineering - Wellbore Stability for Carbon Sequestration in Geological Formations

Newcastle University

Value of award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual stipend of £14,777 (at 2018/19 rate).

Number of awards


Start date and duration

September 2018 for 3.5 years.


The aim of this project is to develop and experimentally validate a CO2 injection model which will take into account thermo-hydro-mechanical coupling effects on wellbore stability caused by intermittent injection of CO2 and the expansion of CO2 inside the wellbore.

With increasing knowledge of the effect of CO2 on climate change, scientists and engineers are investigating mechanisms to decrease emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere. One promising approach increasingly recognised is Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). In CCS schemes, CO2 is captured from large scale industrial emitters and transported to either be used (e.g., algae cultivation) or stored permanently in geological sites where it is injected into a rock formation (e.g., geological formation under the North Sea). The wellbore around the storage site is under complex loading conditions and any changes could contribute to the failure or dysfunction of the wellbore.

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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Yilin Gui, Dr Ben Wetenhall and Dr Colin Davie, School of Engineering

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in Civil Engineering, or Electrical and Electronic Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering or a related subject. The candidate will be expected to conduct work with industrial partners and should have good interpersonal skills.

The studentships are open to applicants satisfying EPSRC home/UK or EU fee status criteria, and are eligible for home fees. EU candidates may only be available for a partial award.

English language skills (if English is not your native language): an overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with individual scores of 6.0 in each of the four sub-skills: writing, reading, speaking and listening.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 8040F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD in Civil Engineering (FT) - Environmental Science’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code ENG016 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG016 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.


For further information, please email Dr Ben Wetenhall ( or Dr Yilin Gui, School of Engineering (

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