MINSC is a European FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) that addresses the current and future challenges of mineral scale formation. The research themes of MINSC relate to the mechanisms of nucleation, growth and inhibition of mineral scale formation through experimental and field projects. Scale formation is a common and costly phenomenon in many industrial processes that deal with water or other fluid handling systems (i.e., wells, heat exchangers, tanks and delivery lines, etc.), where mineral precipitation in pipes, on equipment or as fracture filling has a detrimental effect on process efficiency, cost and lifetime of processing technologies. Scale formation is encountered in a large number of industries including paper-making, chemical manufacturing, cement operations, food processing, as well as non-renewable, (i.e., oil and gas) and renewable (i.e., geothermal) energy production.
MINSC brings together experts from 6 Universities and 5 Industry partners across Europe to provide state-of-the-art training in mineral scale research to Early Stage Researchers (ESR) and Experienced Researchers (ER). The research and training will be carried out as 13 parallel but complementary projects that will address mineral scale formation aspects at three levels: the molecular, the macroscopic and the field level.
Molecular level: 5 projects will focus on the fundamentals of scale mineral nucleation and growth of carbonates/oxalates (ER1, ESR1, ESR3), barite (ESR4) and silica (ESR2). These fellows will be hosted by the Universities of Leeds, Copenhagen and Münster with opportunities for research secondments to our other university and industrial partners.
Macroscopic level: 5 projects will focus on mineral scale formation in the bulk and link this with aspects of hydrodynamic modelling and scale mineral precipitation during fluid flow. These fellows will be hosted by CNRS (ER2, ESR5), and the Universities of Leeds (ESR6), Iceland (ESR7) and Oslo (ESR8), with opportunities for research secondments to our other university and industrial partners.
Field level: 3 ESR projects will focus on pipe scaling and fracture sealing during scale mineral precipitation at the field level. These ESR’s will be involved in real tests at industrial pilot sites, and will be hosted by our industrial partners Reykjavik Energy (ESR9), WestSystems (ESR10) and Maersk Olie og Gas (ESR11), with opportunities for research secondments to our other industrial and university partners.