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Fundamental interest in fluids, flow visualisation, modelling fluid flow for pure liquids and mixtures of liquids/solids and liquid/liquid systems. Two main applications of this work are in a) Offshore Floating Production Systems and b) Crystallisation in the Pharmaceutical Industry. For the offshore oil and gas sector, I am particularly interested in the impact the motion of the support vessel has on processing equipment used to separate gas, oil and water, and in the performance of packed column and distillation columns. My lab has a unique series of columns which we can oscillate, simulating the motion of a platform. Our work is directly supported by the industry. For crystalisation, the research interest is in mixing inside batch stirred tank crystallisers, measuring the velocity profile within the stirred tank during the initial phases as crystals are formed. Computational Fluid Dynamics models, typically Large Eddy Simulations, provide valuable insight into the flow patterns inside the batch tanks. We are especially keen to model industrial scale systems and provide the necessary validation for CFD codes.


Graeme White is a chartered Chemical Engineer, and a professorial fellow in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. He has held roles of Head of Teaching and Academic Head of Department and latterly head of the Multiphase Research Group within the Institute. His teaching experience spans across all years of the BEng/MEng programmes from material balances in year 1 to fluid mechanics, spread sheets in year 2, gas absorption, multiphase distillation in year 3, process design software tools, numerical modelling and offshore engineering in the final years. For research, Professor White started in looking in applications of fluid sloshing to the performance of oil and gas processing equipment used on board floating production platforms During this work, he developed interests in computational fluid dynamics and the deposition of solids inside production separators. Using this experience, he then applied his CFD experience to develop large eddy simulation models of batch stirred tank crystallisers as part of two major EPSRC-Industry projects for the pharmaceutical industry. His current research interests focuses on gas absorption columns for LNG in particular removing acid gases in columns on floating platforms.


  • TP Chemical technology
  • Separation
  • Crystal Engineering
  • Absorption
  • Low Carbon Technology
  • Oil & Gas
  • Pharmaceutical

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Research Output

Fuel reactor modelling for chemical looping combustion: From micro-scale to macro-scale

Porrazzo, R., White, G. & Ocone, R., 1 Jul 2016, In : Fuel. 175, p. 87-98 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 13 Citations (Scopus)
    209 Downloads (Pure)

    Hexapod pilot tests determine the influence of 3D motions on the performance of an amine-based Acid Gas Removal Unit installed on a floating support

    Perdu, G., Salais, C., Carlier, V., Weiss, C., Maubert, T., Alix, P., Fourati, M., Beard, P. & White, G., 14 Nov 2016. 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • How can waves significantly impact the performance of an amine unit installed on a FLNG?

    Weiss, C., Maubert, T., Alix, P., Perdu, G., Normand, L., Salais, C., Carlier, V., White, G. & Fourati, M., 2016, 95th Annual Convention of the Gas Processors Association 2016: Where Midstream Means Business. Gas Processors Association, Vol. 2. p. 414-431 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Techno-economic investigation of a chemical looping combustion based power plant

    Porrazzo, R., White, G. & Ocone, R., 1 Oct 2016, In : Faraday Discussions. 192, p. 437-457 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 23 Citations (Scopus)

    Monitoring acoustic emission (AE) energy in slurry impingement using a new model for particle impact

    Droubi, M. G., Reuben, R. L. & White, G., 1 Oct 2015, In : Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing. 62, p. 415-430 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 9 Citations (Scopus)


    • 2 Membership of committee

    IChemE Chem Eng Day UK 2019 (Event)

    Graeme White (Chair)

    8 Apr 20199 Apr 2019

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

    Society of Petreoleum Engineers (External organisation)

    Graeme White (Member)

    Jan 2017Jun 2017

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee