North Campus

The goal of North Campus is to explore innovations for the petroleum industry and foster learning by students, researchers, private industry, and governments. The research projects there have generated millions of dollars and hundreds of research projects designed to solve problems faced by the industry.

The land and buildings, which are located at 2450 E. Marshall St., were donated to the University by the Humble Oil and Refining Company in 1965. At the time, it included a drilling research laboratory and a full-sized enclosed drilling rig.

The gift allowed a research consortium, the Tulsa University Drilling Research Projects, to form in 1965. Over the past 42 years, additional research consortia have formed as industry and government combine resources to fund major research programs.

TUDRP Test Rig, North Campus“There is no other facility like ours in the United States,” said Stefan Miska, professor of petroleum engineering and director of the Tulsa University Drilling Research Projects (TUDRP).

“All the projects are interrelated, and each has an advisory board and industry connection,” said Jim Sorem, professor and associate dean of the college. “Industry and/or government fund the research consortia because a need has been identified and TU is equipped to study it because of North Campus.”

Although not an exhaustive list, some of the other research groups that use the North Campus facilities include the following:

  • The TU Delayed Coking Project (established in 1999) enhances the understanding of the coking process and optimizes its practice while improving its health, environmental and safety aspects.
  • The TU Erosion/Corrosion Research Consortium conducts experiments, gathers data, and completes computational modeling to provide guidelines to alleviate problems of erosion, corrosion, and erosion-corrosion.
  • The TU Hydrates Flow Performance research program is an experimental study to develop a database of fundamental test results for hydrate slurry flow in oil systems.
  • The TU Paraffin Deposition Prediction research project enhances the understanding of paraffin deposition in single and two-phase flows, conducts focused experiments to better understand various aspects of deposition physics, and utilizes knowledge gained from experimental modeling studies to enhance computer programs.
  • The TU Center of Research Excellence is a partnership between TU and Chevron to conduct research on oil and gas production systems.
  • The TU Artificial Lift Projects is an industry-sponsored academic research consortium that performs research on artificial lift. TUALP provides a unique environment, combining a nearly industrial-sized experimental facility with theoretical academic support.
  • The TU Center for Reservoir Studies applies new technology to oil and gas fields to improve performance.
  • The TU Fluid Flow Projects is a cooperative search group founded in 1973 that conducts research on fluid flow problems encountered by its member companies.
  • The TU High-Viscosity Oil Projects conducts applied research on high-viscosity oil multiphase flows in wells and pipelines.
  • The TU Petroleum Reservoir Exploitation Projects is a cooperative industry-university research project organized to address basic and applied research needs of the petroleum industry in reservoir characterization, well testing and reservoir simulation.
  • The TU Separation Technology Projects was established in 1994 and has the mission to advance state-of-the-art compact multiphase cyclonic separation technology for gas/oil/water flow.
  • Tulsa University Sand Management Projects (TUSMP) joint industry project (JIP) was established to address issues related to sand production and management such as solids detection and monitoring, erosion monitoring in offshore production, sand settling and blockage in offshore pipes, sand deposition in multiphase flow, sand separation, sand screens, and erosion of piping and equipment.