My research interests are in nonNewtonian fluid mechanics and understanding industrial processes that exploit the nonNewtonian properties of fluids. In particular I am interested in the mechanics of viscoplastic (yield stress) fluids. Many of the industrial research projects come from the petroleum industry. Areas of keen interest here are centered around cementing of wells, preventing leakage and techniques for the eventual abandonment – issues related to GHG emission control and longterm environmental protection.
Methodologically, my group conducts research that combines mathematical, experimental and computational approaches. Many of the results of our research are described the publications of my group and our research collaborators. Research is carried out in the Complex Fluids Lab at UBC, in a strongly interdisciplinary environment.
Areas of interest have included the following (many of which overlap with one another):
 Oilfield cementing fluid mechanics
 Bubbles and particles in yield stress fluids
 Hydrodynamic instabilities in viscoplastic fluids
 Displacement flows, dispersion and mixing with generalised Newtonian fluids
 Mathematical Modelling of Industrial Processes
 Viscoplastic lubrication flows
 Restarting waxy crude oil pipelines
I am always interested to hear of new applications for yield stress fluids, whether of industrial, biological, geophyiscal, or other origin. Industrial problems that are not suitable for academic research may be dealt with via consultancy.
Reviewtype articles on yield stress fluids:
 I.A. Frigaard K.G. Paso, P.R. de Souza Mendes. “Bingham’s model in the oil and gas industry.” Invited review article for Rheologica Acta, 56(3), pp 259282, (2017).
 N. Balmforth, I. Frigaard, G. Ovarlez, “Yielding to stress: Recent developments in viscoplastic fluid mechanics”, Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 46, 121146 (2014)
 I.A. Frigaard and C. Nouar, “On the usage of viscosity regularisation methods for viscoplastic fluid flow computation” J. NonNewtonian Fluid Mech., 127(1), pp. 126, (2005).
Oilfield Cementing Fluid Mechanics
This has been a major activity area for my group over the past many years.
 In primary cementing we have extensively studied laminar displacement flows in annuli, looking at the effects of standoff (eccentricity), inclination, casing movement flow rate and fluid rheology on the ability to remove drilling mud and steadily displace annular sections.
 We have developed analogous models of annular cementing displacements for turbulent flow regimes
 We have developed simplified models for foamed cementing in annuli
 We are constructing 2 labscale annuli suitable for experimental displacements flows. One horizontal and one inclinable to any angle. We run experiments using clear lab fluids (typically weighted Carbopol, xanthan or glycerin solutions) with dimensionally similar rheological properties to wellbore fluids.
 We are exploring methods to track the interfaces between fluid stages as displacement proceeds and postplacement
 We have looked closely at displacement flows in simplified sections of the annulus (plane channels), to study the formation of residual mud layers (i.e. microannulus).
 We are investigating the effects of washouts on annular cementing flows: mud conditioning and removal.
 We are developing models for cement hydration postplacement, targeted at early stage gasmigration.
 We are studying the mechanisms for gas invasion and rheological effects.
 We have looked at the possibility of using chemically reactive spacer systems to improve displacement efficiency through the instigation of local instability and mixing.
 In plug cementing, we have studied the stability of plugs that are set offbottom addressing the question of what physical properties are needed in order for viscous pills and cement slurries to remain stationary after placement with a less dense fluid beneath.
 In near horizontal wells we have estimated the distance that a plug may slump and have performed similar estimates for horizontal annuli.
 In pumping down the casing we have an ongoing study to establish whether two given fluids displace effectively or destabilize and mix. We have developed estimates for the speed of the displacement front and the displacement efficiency, in various situations.
 We have studied pipe flows where a fluid with large yield stress is displaced by a much less viscous Newtonian fluid, e.g. water though gelled drilling mud.
Research Sponsors:
 Schlumberger
 NSERC
 BC Oil & Gas Commission
 BC OGRIS
 PTAC
 CFI/BCKDF
 CNRL
 Norwegian Research Council
Relevant Work:

 A. Eslami, I.A. Frigaard, S.M. Taghavi, “Viscoplastic fluid displacement flows in horizontal channels: Numerical simulations.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech. 249, pp 7996, (2017).
 A. Maleki, I.A. Frigaard “Primary cementing of oil & gas wells in turbulent & mixed regimes.” J. Engng. Math. (2017), https://doi.org/10.1007/s106650179914x.
 M. Zare, A. Roustaei, I.A. Frigaard, “Buoyancy effects on microannulus formation: NewtonianBingham fluid displacements in vertical channels.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech. 247, pp 2240, (2017).
 G.V.L. Moises, M.F. Naccache, K. Alba, I. Frigaard. "Isodense displacement flow of viscoplastic fluids along a pipe." Journal of NonNewtonian Fluid Mechanics. 236: pp 91103 (2016).
 M. Zare, A. Roustaei, K. Alba, I.A. Frigaard, “Invasion of fluids into a gelled fluid column: yield stress effects.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech. 238, pp 212223, (2016).
 K. Alba, I.A. Frigaard, “Dynamics of the removal of viscoplastic fluids from inclined pipes.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., 229, pp. 4358, (2016).
 A. Maleki, I.A. Frigaard, “Axial dispersion in weakly turbulent flows of yield stress fluids.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech. 235, pp 119, (2016).
 A. Roustaei, I.A. Frigaard, “Residual drilling mud during conditioning of uneven boreholes in primary cementing. Part 2: Steady laminar inertial flows.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., 226, pp. 115, (2015).
 A. Roustaei, A. Gosselin, I.A. Frigaard, "Residual drilling mud during conditioning of uneven boreholes in primary cementing. Part 1: Rheology and geometry effects in noninertial flows,” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech. 220, pp. 8798, (2015).
 K. Alba, S.M. Taghavi, I.A. Frigaard, "Miscible densityunstable displacement flows in an inclined channel." Phys. Fluids, 26, 122104 (2014).
 K. Alba, S.M. Taghavi, J. de Bruyn, I.A. Frigaard, "Incomplete fluid—fluid displacement of yieldstress fluids. Part 2: Highly inclined pipes", J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech. 201, 8093 (2013)
 K. Alba, S.M. Taghavi, I.A. Frigaard, "A weighted residual method for twolayer nonNewtonian channel flows: steadystate results and their stability", J. Fluid Mech. 731, pp. 509—544, (2013)
 A. Roustaei, I.A. Frigaard, "The occurrence of fouling layers in the flow of a yield stress fluid along a wavywalled channel", J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., 198, pp. 109124 (2013)
 K. Alba, S.M. Taghavi, I.A. Frigaard, "Miscible densityunstable displacement flows in inclined tube", Physics of Fluids, 25(6), 067101, (2013)
 S.M. Taghavi, I.A. Frigaard, “Estimation of mixing volumes in buoyant miscible displacement flows along nearhorizontal pipes.” Can. J. Chem. Eng., accepted for publication, 91(3), pp. 399412, (2013).
 M. MoyersGonzalez, K. Alba, S.M. Taghavi, I.A. Frigaard, “A semianalytical closure approximation for pipe flows of two HerschelBulkley fluids with a stratified interface.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., 193, 4967 (2013).
 S.M. Taghavi, K. Alba, I.A. Frigaard, “Buoyant miscible displacement flows at moderate viscosity ratios and low Atwood numbers in nearhorizontal ducts.” Chem. Eng. Sci., 69(1), pp. 404418, (2012).
 S.M. Taghavi, K. Alba, T. Seon, K. WielageBurchard, D.M. Martinez, I.A. Frigaard, “Miscible displacement flows in nearhorizontal ducts at low Atwood number.” J. Fluid Mech., doi:10.1017/jfm.2012.26, (2012).
 S.M. Taghavi, K. Alba, M. MoyersGonzalez, I.A. Frigaard, “Incomplete fluid–fluid displacement of yield stress fluids in nearhorizontal pipes: Experiments and theory.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., 167–168, pp. 5974, (2012).
 S.M. Taghavi, T. Seon, D.M. Martinez, K. WielageBurchard and I.A. Frigaard, “Stationary residual layers in buoyant Newtonian displacement flows.” Phys. Fluid., 23, 044105 (2011).
 T. Burghelea and I.A. Frigaard, “Unstable parallel flows triggered by a fast chemical reaction.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., 166, (910), pp. 500514 (2011)
 K. WielageBurchard and I.A. Frigaard, “Static wall layers in plane channel displacement flows.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., 166 (56), pp. 245261 (2011).
 S.M. Taghavi, T. Seon, D.M. Martinez and I.A. Frigaard, “Influence of an imposed flow on the stability of a gravity current in a near horizontal duct.” Phys. Fluid., 22, 031702, (2010).
 S. Malekmohammadi, M.F. Naccache, I.A. Frigaard and D.M. Martinez, “Buoyancy driven slump flows of nonNewtonian fluids in pipes.” J. of Petr. Sci. Engng., 72(34), PP. 236243, (2010).
 M. CarrascoTeja and I.A. Frigaard, “NonNewtonian fluid displacements in horizontal narrow eccentric annuli: Effects of motion of the inner cylinder.” J. Fluid Mech., 653, pp. 137173 (2010).
 S. Malekmohammadi, M. CarrascoTeja, S. Storey, I.A. Frigaard and D.M. Martinez, “An experimental study of displacement flow phenomena in narrow vertical eccentric annuli.” J. Fluid Mech., 649, pp. 371398 (2010).
 I.A. Frigaard & G.A. Ngwa, “Slumping flows in annuli: design of chemical packers & cementing of subsurface pipes.” Invited paper, Trans. Por. Media, doi:10.1007/s1124200994671, (2009).
 S.M. Taghavi, T. Seon, D.M. Martinez and I.A. Frigaard, “Buoyancydominated displacement flows in nearhorizontal channels: the viscous limit.” J. Fluid Mech., 639, pp. 135, (2009).
 M. MoyersGonzalez and I.A. Frigaard, “Kinematic instabilities in twolayer eccentric annular flows, part 2: shear thinning and yield stress effects, J. of Engng. Math., 65(1), pp. 2552, (2009)
 M. CarrascoTeja and I.A. Frigaard, “Displacement flows in horizontal, narrow, eccentric annuli with a moving inner cylinder.” Phys. Fluids, 21 073102 (2009).
 M. CarrascoTeja, I. Frigaard, B. Seymour and S. Storey, “Viscoplastic fluid displacements in horizontal narrow eccentric annuli” J. Fluid Mech. 605, pp. 293327 (2008).
 M. MoyersGonzalez and I.A. Frigaard, “Kinematic instabilities in twolayer eccentric annular flows, part 1: Newtonian fluids”, J. of Engng. Math., 62(2), pp. 103131, (2008).
 T. Burghelea, K. WielageBurchard, I. Frigaard, D.M. Martinez and J, Feng. “A novel low inertia shear flow instability triggered by a chemical reaction” Phys. Fluids, 19, 083102 (2007).
 M.A. MoyersGonzalez, I.A. Frigaard, O. Scherzer & T.P. Tsai, “Transient effects in oilfield cementing flows, part 1: qualitative behaviour”, Euro. Jnl. Appl. Math. 18, pp. 477512, (2007)
 S. Pelipenko and I.A.Frigaard, “Twodimensional computational simulation of eccentric annular cementing displacements.” IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics, 69: pp. 557583, (2004).
 S. Pelipenko and I.A.Frigaard, “Viscoplastic fluid displacements in nearvertical eccentric annuli: lubrication modelling.” J. Fluid Mech., 520, pp.343377, (2004).
 I.A. Frigaard and G. Ngwa, “Upper bounds on the slump length in plug cementing of nearhorizontal wells” J. of NonNewtonian Fluid Mech., 117(23), pp. 147162, (2004).
 S. Pelipenko and I.A.Frigaard, “On steady state displacements in primary cementing of an oil well.” J. of Engng. Math., 48(1), pp. 126, (2004).
 S. Bittleston, J. Ferguson & I.A. Frigaard, “Mud removal and cement placement in primary cementing of an oil well.” Invited paper, J. Engineering Mathematics, 43, pp. 229253 (2002).
 I.A. Frigaard, M. Allouche & C. Gabard, “Setting rheological targets for chemical solutions in mud removal & cement slurry design.” Journal of Petroleum Technology, 53(8), pp. 6566 (2001).
 I.A. Frigaard, O. Scherzer & G. Sona, “Uniqueness & nonuniqueness in the steady displacement of two viscoplastic fluids.” ZAMM, 81(2), pp. 99118, (2001).
 M. Allouche, I.A. Frigaard & G. Sona, “Static wall layers in the displacement of two viscoplastic fluids in a plane slot.”, J. Fluid Mech. 424, pp. 243277, (2000).
 I.A. Frigaard & O. Scherzer, “The effects of yield stress variation on uniaxial exchange flows of two Bingham fluids in a cylindrical duct.” SIAM J. Appl. Math., 60(6), pp. 19501976, (2000).
 H. Fenie & I.A. Frigaard, “Transient fluid motions in a simplified model for oilfield plug cementing.” Mathematical and Computer Modelling, 30(78), pp. 7191, (1999).
 I.A. Frigaard & J.P. Crawshaw, “Preventing buoyancy driven flows of two Bingham fluids in a closed pipe: fluid rheology design for oilfield plug.” J. Engng. Math., 36(4), pp. 327348, (1999).
 I.A. Frigaard & O. Scherzer, “Uniaxial flows of two Bingham fluids in a cylindrical duct.”
IMA J. Appl. Math., 61, pp. 237266, (1998).  I.A. Frigaard, “Stratified exchange flows of two Bingham fluids in an inclined slot.”
J. NonNewtonian Fluid Mech., 78, pp. 6187, (1998).  S.M. Taghavi, K. Alba, I. Frigaard “Weaklyinertial Buoyant Displacement Flows In Nearhorizontal Channels”, in proc. 23rd Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics, 2011, Vancouver.
 M. CarrascoTeja, I.A. Frigaard & B. Seymour, “Cementing Horizontal Wells: Complete Zonal Isolation Without Casing Rotation” Society of Petroleum Engineers paper: SPE 114955, (2008).
 D.J. Guillot, J. Desroches and I. Frigaard, “Are preflushes really contributing to mud displacement during primary cementing?” Society of Petroleum Engineers paper: SPE/IADC 105903, (2007).
 S. Pelipenko and I.A.Frigaard, “Effective and Ineffective Strategies for Mud Removal and Cement Slurry Design.” Society of Petroleum Engineers paper number: SPE 80999, (2003).
 I.A. Frigaard, M. Allouche & C. Gabard, “Incomplete Displacement of Viscoplastic Fluids in Slots and PipesImplications for Zonal Isolation.” Society of Petroleum Engineers paper number: SPE 64998, February (2001).
 S.W. Fosso, M. Tina, I.A. Frigaard & J.P. Crawshaw, “Viscouspill Design Methodology leads to Increased Cement Plugs Success Rates: Application and Case Studies from Southern Algeria.” Society of Petroleum Engineers paper number: SPE 62752, September 2000.
 J.P. Crawshaw & I.A. Frigaard, “Cement Plugs; Stability and Failure by a Buoyancydriven Mechanism.” Society of Petroleum Engineers paper number: SPE 56959, (1999).
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Bubbles, drops and particles in yield stress fluids:
There are different facets to this research.
 We have carried out sedimentation experiments for particles and bubble rise experiments
 We have made variational estimates of the critical yield stresses necessary to prevent bubbles from rising
 We have made analytical estimates and computations for the critical yield stresses required to prevent particles from sedimenting
 The static stability computations lead to novel methods for fractionation of particles, applied to the pulp and paper industry and elsewhere
 We have produced analytical results relating to existence, uniqueness, symmetry of solutions, etc.
 I have ideas I’d like to exploit further on computing suspension flows in yield stress fluids
 We have studied the deposition of thick mined tailings in laminar flows
 We have studied dispersion of proppant along pipe and channel geometries, as well as within a facture
 We have studied macrosize droplet encapsulation techniques, as a means of transport
 We have ongoing work to understand the relationship of perfect plasticity to the yield limit, when particles are held static
 We have shown how the unyielded envelope around a particle makes the critical yield number unique and developed a heuristic rule for calculating the envelope for symmetric particles.
 We have produced analytical results, backed up with numerical computation, that illustrate that yield limits also define energy stability limits for single particles
 We have produced new analytical results pertaining to an antiplane shear flow version of settling particles – essentially this is an extension of the Mosolov & Myasnikov theory.
Research Sponsors:
 Schlumberger
 NSERC
Relevant Work:
 E. Chaparian, I.A. Frigaard. "Cloaking: particles in a yield stress fluid." J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech. 243, pp. 4755, (2017).
 S. Hormozi, I. Frigaard, “Dispersion of solids in fracturing flows of yield stress fluids.” J. Fluid Mech. 830, pp. 93137, (2017).
 I. Frigaard, J. Iglesias, G. Mercier, C. Poschl, O. Scherzer. Critical yield numbers of rigid particles settling in Bingham Fluids and Cheeger Sets. SIAM J. Appl. Math. 77(2), pp. 638663, (2017).
 E. Chaparian, I.A. Frigaard, "Yield limit analysis of particle motion in a yieldstress fluid." Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 819, pp. 311351 (2017).
 A. Wachs, I.A. Frigaard, “Particle settling in yield stress fluids: limiting time, distance and applications.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech. 238, pp 189204, (2016).
 A. Maleki, S. Hormozi, A. Roustaei, I.A. Frigaard, "Macrosize drop encapsulation", Journal of Fluid Mechanics. (2015), vol. 769, pp. 482_521
 A. Madani, S. Storey, J.A. Olson, I.A. Frigaard, J. Salmela and D.M. Martinez, “Fractionation of rodlike particle suspensions in a viscoplastic fluid.” Chem. Eng. Sci. 65(5), pp. 17621772 (2010).
 A. Putz and I.A. Frigaard, “Creeping flow around particles in a Bingham fluid” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., 165(56), pp. 263280 (2009).
 A. Putz, T. Burghelea, D.M. Martinez and I.A. Frigaard, “Settling of an isolated spherical particle in a yield stress shear thinning fluid”, Physics of Fluids, 20, 033102 (2008)
 N. Dubash and I. Frigaard, “Propagation and stopping of air bubbles in Carbopol”, J. NonNewtonian Fluid Mech., 142, pp. 123–134, (2007)
 N. Dubash, and I.A. Frigaard, “Conditions for static bubbles in viscoplastic fluids.” Physics of Fluids, 16(12), pp. 43194330, (2004).
Hydrodynamic instabilities in viscoplastic fluids:
This has been an area of interest for more than 25 years. It all started with my masters thesis: a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…
 Methodology for linear stability in yield stress fluids, treating the yield surface perturbation correctly.
 Energy stability methods for nonlinear stability
 Various approximation method to derive bounds for stability
 Plane Poiseuille flow, HagenPoiseuille flow
 TaylorCouette flow
 RayleighBénard flow and natural convection flows
 RayleighTaylor configurations (see plug cementing and exchange flows)
 Experimental studies of HagenPoiseuille flow and empirical rules for transition
 Numerous studies of multilayer flow stability.
 Exposing the relationship between the yield limit and energy stability for internal flows
 Use of energy stability for thermal switching
 Pulsed plumes in natural convection with localized heating
 Energy stability for the stopping of a settling particle
Research Sponsors:
 Schlumberger
 NSERC
Relevant Work:
 I. Karimfazli, I.A. Frigaard, “Flow, onset and stability: qualitative analysis of yield stress fluid flow in enclosures.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech. 238, pp. 224232, (2016).
 A. Wachs, I.A. Frigaard, “Particle settling in yield stress fluids: limiting time, distance and applications.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech. 238, pp 189204, (2016).
 I. Karimfazli, I. Frigaard, A. Wachs, “Thermal plumes in viscoplastic fluids: flow onset and development.” J. Fluid Mech. 787, pp 474 – 507, (2016).
 I. Karimfazli, I. Frigaard, A. Wachs, “A novel heat transfer switch using the yield stress.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 783, pp 526  566 (2015).
 I. Karimfazli I.A. Frigaard, "Natural convection flows of a Bingham fluid in a long vertical channel", J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., 201, pp. 3955, (2013).
 K. Alba, S.M. Taghavi, I.A. Frigaard, "A weighted residual method for twolayer nonNewtonian channel flows: steadystate results and their stability", J. Fluid Mech. 731, pp. 509—544, (2013)
 S. Hormozi and I.A. Frigaard, “Nonlinear stability of a viscoplastically lubricated viscoelastic fluid flow.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., 169–170, pp. 6173, (2012).
 A. Madani, D.M. Martinez, J.A. Olson, I.A. Frigaard, “The stability of spiral Poiseuille flows of Newtonian and Bingham fluids in an annular gap.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., doi.org/10.1016/j.jnnfm.2012.02.007, (2012).
 M. MoyersGonzalez, I.A. Frigaard and C. Nouar, “Stable twolayer flows at all Re; viscoplastic lubrication of shearthinning and viscoelastic fluids.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., 165, (2324), pp. 15781587, (2010).
 M. MoyersGonzalez and I.A. Frigaard, “Kinematic instabilities in twolayer eccentric annular flows, part 2: shear thinning and yield stress effects, J. of Engng. Math., 65(1), pp. 2552, (2009)
 B. Güzel, I. Frigaard, D.M. Martinez “Predicting laminar–turbulent transition in Poiseuille pipe flow for nonNewtonian fluids”, Chem. Eng. Sci. 64(2), pp. 254264, (2009).
 C. Metivier, I.A. Frigaard and C. Nouar, “Nonlinear stability of the Bingham RayleighBenard flow”, J. nonNewtonian Fluid Mech., 158(13), pp. 127131, (2009).
 B. Guzel, T. Burghelea, I. A. Frigaard and D. M. Martinez, “Observation of laminarturbulent transition of yield stress fluid in HagenPoiseuille flow”, J. Fluid Mech., 627, pp. 97 128 (2009).
 M. MoyersGonzalez and I.A. Frigaard, “Kinematic instabilities in twolayer eccentric annular flows, part 1: Newtonian fluids”, J. of Engng. Math., 62(2), pp. 103131, (2008).
 T. Burghelea, K. WielageBurchard, I. Frigaard, D.M. Martinez and J, Feng. “A novel low inertia shear flow instability triggered by a chemical reaction” Phys. Fluids, 19, 083102 (2007).
 J.Y. Zhang, I. Frigaard and D. Vola, “ Yield stress effects on RayleighBenard convection” J. Fluid Mech. 566, pp. 389419, (2006).
 M.P. Landry, I.A. Frigaard & D.M. Martinez, “Stability and instability of TaylorCouette flows of a Bingham fluid” J. Fluid Mechanics, 560, pp. 321353, (2006).
 I.A. Frigaard and C. Nouar, “On the usage of viscosity regularisation methods for viscoplastic fluid flow computation” J. NonNewtonian Fluid Mech., 127(1), pp. 126, (2005).
 M. MoyersGonzalez, I.A. Frigaard and C. Nouar, “Nonlinear stability of a viscoplastically lubricated shear flow.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 506, pp.117146, (2004).
 I.A. Frigaard and C. Nouar, “On threedimensional linear stability of Poiseuille flow of Bingham fluids.” Physics of Fluids, 15(10), pp. 28432851, (2003).
 I.A. Frigaard and C. Nouar, “Predicting Transition to Turbulence in Well Construction Flows.” Society of Petroleum Engineers paper number: SPE 81150, (2003).
 C. Nouar & I.A. Frigaard, “Nonlinear stability of Poiseuille flow of a Bingham fluid.” J. NonNewtonian Fluid Mech., 100, pp. 127149, (2001).
 I.A. Frigaard, “Superstable parallel flows of multiple viscoplastic fluids.” J. NonNewtonian Fluid Mech., 100, pp. 4976, (2001).
 I.A. Frigaard, S.D. Howison & I.J. Sobey, “On the stability of Poiseuille flow of a Bingham fluid.” J. Fluid Mech., 263, pp. 133150, (1994).
Displacement flows, dispersion and mixing with generalised Newtonian fluids:
The majority of this work has been in conjunction with the study of oilfield cementing displacements and waxy crude oil restarts.
Research Sponsors:
 Schlumberger
 NSERC
See also:
 J.Y. Zhang and I.A. Frigaard, “Dispersion effects in the miscible displacement of two fluids in a duct of large aspect ratio”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 549, pp. 225–251, (2006)
 A. Maleki, I.A. Frigaard, “Axial dispersion in weakly turbulent flows of yield stress fluids.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech. 235, pp 119, (2016).
Mathematical Modelling of Industrial Processes:
Various processes have attracted my attention over the years. Some of this work is undertaken as consulting.
 Sprayforming of Aluminium billets
 Well control
 Czrochalski crystal growth
 Image processing using nonlinear diffusion filters
 Injection molding
 Oilfield cementing
 Waxy crude oil pipelining
 Pile grouting
 Sand control/gravel packing
 Fracturing flows
 Fouling
 Solidification of alloys
 Fiber flows in pulp and paper processing
 Different processrelated hydrodynamic stabilities
Research Sponsors:
 NSERC
 Firebird
 Schlumberger
 MITACS
Relevant Work: (please also consult the other specific sections)
 S. Hormozi, I. Frigaard, “Dispersion of solids in fracturing flows of yield stress fluids.” J. Fluid Mech. 830, pp. 93137, (2017).
 P. Sarmadi, S. Hormozi, I.A. Frigaard. “Triplelayer configuration for stable highspeed lubricated pipeline transport.” Physical Review Fluids, 2, 044302, (2017).
 I.A. Frigaard K.G. Paso, P.R. de Souza Mendes. “Bingham's model in the oil and gas industry.” Invited review article for Rheologica Acta, 56(3), pp 259282, (2017).
 A. Maleki, S. Hormozi, A. Roustaei, I.A. Frigaard, "Macrosize drop encapsulation", Journal of Fluid Mechanics. (2015), vol. 769, pp. 482_521
 K. Pougatch and I.A. Frigaard, “Thin film flow on the inside surface of a horizontally rotating cylinder: steady state solutions and their stability.” Phys. Fluids., 23, 022102 (2011)
 N. Dubash, I.A. Frigaard and B. Stoeber, “An oscillatory flow phenomenon in microtube flows of thermally responsive fluids”, J. Engng. Math., DOI: 10.1007/s106650109404x
 A. Guha and I.A. Frigaard, “On the stability of plane CouettePoiseuille flow with uniform crossflow.” J. Fluid Mech., 656, pp. 417447 (2010).
 A. Wachs, G. Vinay & I. Frigaard, “1.5D model for start up of weakly compressible viscoplastic and thixotropic fluid in pipelines”, J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., 159(13), pp. 8194, (2009).
 C.S. Bohun, I. Frigaard, H. Huang & S. Liang, “A SemiAnalytical Model for InSb Crystal Growth.” SIAM J. Appl. Math., SIAM J. Appl. Math. 66(5), pp. 15331562, (2006).
 I.A.Frigaard & O. Scherzer, “HerschelBulkley diffusion filtering: nonNewtonian fluid mechanics in image processing” ZAMM, 86(6), pp. 474494, (2006).
 G. Lewis, I. Frigaard, H. Huang, T. Myers, R. Westbrook & M. CarrascoTeja, “Simple models for an injection molding system”, Can. Appl. Math. Quart., 12(4), pp. 491, (2004).
 J. Olson, I.A. Frigaard, C. Chan and J.P. Hämäläinen, “Modelling a turbulent fibre suspension flowing in a planar contraction: the 1D” Int. J. Multiphase Flows, 30(1), pp. 5166, (2004).
 I.A.Frigaard, G. Ngwa and O. Scherzer, “On effective stopping time selection for viscoplastic nonlinear BV diffusion filters.” SIAM J. Appl. Math., 63(6), pp. 19111934, (2003).
 I.A. Frigaard & O. Scherzer, “Spraying the perfect billet.” SIAM J. Appl. Math., 57(3), pp. 649682, (1997).
 I.A. Frigaard, “Solidification of Sprayformed Aluminium billets; heat flow in the bulk deposit.” J. Engng. Math. 31, pp. 411437, (1997).
 I.A. Frigaard, “Solidification of sprayformed Aluminium Billets; an Analysis of Thin layering Effects.” J. Engng. Math. 30, pp. 417443, (1996).
 I.A. Frigaard, “Growth dynamics of sprayformed Aluminium billets, part 2; transient billet growth.” J. Materials Processing and Manufacturing Science, 3(3), pp. 257275, (1995).
 I.A. Frigaard, “The dynamics of sprayformed billets.” SIAM J. Appl. Math., 55(5), pp. 11611203, (1995).
 I.A. Frigaard, “Growth dynamics of sprayformed Aluminium billets, part 1; steady state crown shapes.” J. Materials Processing and Manufacturing Science, 3(2), pp. 173192, (1994).
 A.C Fowler, I.A. Frigaard & S.D. Howison, “Temperature Surges in Currentlimiting Circuit Devices.” SIAM J. Appl. Math., 52(4), pp. 9981011, (1992).
 A. Guha and I.A. Frigaard, “Stability analysis of plane CouettePoiseuille flow in presence of crossflow”, proceedings of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, Forum, held in Victoria, June 7 – 9, 2010.
 G. Vinay, A. Wachs and I. Frigaard, “Startup of gelled waxy crude oil pipelines: a new analytical relation to predict the restart pressure.” Soc. Petrol. Eng. paper number: SPE 122443, (2009).
 C.S. Bohun, I.A. Frigaard, H.X. Huang “A perturbation model for the growth of type IIIV compound crystals” proceedings of Conference on Differential Equations and Asymptotic Theory in Mathematical Physics, OCT 2029, 2003 Wuhan Univ, Wuhan, Peoples Republic China. Appeared in Differential Equations & Asymptotic Theory Mathematical Physics Book Series: Series In Analysis, Vol. 2 Pages: 263279 Published: 2004
 I.A. Frigaard, N.L. Humphries, I.M. RezmerCooper and J.P. James, “High Penetration Rates: Hazards and Well Control.” Society of Petroleum Engineers paper number: SPE 37593, (1997).
 I.A. Frigaard, “Controlling the Growth of Aluminium Sprayformed Billets.” in Sprayforming, eds. K. Bauckhage and V. Uhlenwinkel, Universität Bremen, ISBN 3887223888, pp. 2943, (1997).
 I.M. RezmerCooper, J. James, P. Fitzgerald, A.B. Johnson, D.H. Davies, I.A. Frigaard, S. Cooper, Y. Luo and P. Bern, “Complex Well Control Events Accurately Represented by an Advanced Kick Simulator.” Society of Petroleum Engineers paper number: SPE 36829, (1996).
 I.A. Frigaard, “Growing Sprayformed Aluminium Billets.” Proceedings, ECMI94 conference, ed. H. Neunzert, Wiley/Teubner, pp. 389396, (1996).
Viscoplastic lubrication flows:
This has been a major activity area for my group over the past many years.
 With inelastic fluids we can achieve stable multilayer shear flows at high Re by placing an unyielded layer at the interface
 We have had a labscale multilayer flow loop dedicated to this research. In this we have run experiments using clear lab fluids (typically weighted Carbopol, xanthan or glycerin solutions) with dimensionally similar rheological properties to industrial fluids, to establish proof of concept.
 For coreannular flows we have a wide range of experimental flows showing this stability, including viscoelastic core fluids
 We have proven linear and nonlinear stability
 We have studied startup and development lengths
 With special configurations we can achieve linearly stable flows at infinite Re!
 We are developing our ideas for how to engineer hydrodynamically stable coreannular oilwater flows
 We worked on controlling shape of core fluids, stably frozen in after controlled oscillation.
 The same methodology leads to droplet encapsulation, but with the novelty of no capillary lengthscale!
 We are looking at applications in food industry, polymer processing, paper coating, oil and gas.
Research Sponsors:
 NSERC
Relevant Work:
 P. Sarmadi, S. Hormozi, I.A. Frigaard. “Triplelayer configuration for stable highspeed lubricated pipeline transport.” Physical Review Fluids, 2, 044302, (2017).
 A. Maleki, S. Hormozi, A. Roustaei, I.A. Frigaard, "Macrosize drop encapsulation", Journal of Fluid Mechanics. (2015), vol. 769, pp. 482_521
 S. Hormozi, G. Dunbrack, I. Frigaard, "Transient behaviour and shaped interface formation in nonequilibrium multilayer flows", Phys. Fluids, 26 pp. 093101 (2014).
 S. Hormozi and I.A. Frigaard, “Nonlinear stability of a viscoplastically lubricated viscoelastic fluid flow.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., 169–170, pp. 6173, (2012).
 S. Hormozi, D.M. Martinez, I.A. Frigaard, “Stable coreannular flows of viscoelastic fluids using the viscoplastic lubrication technique.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., 166 (23–24), pp. 13561368 (2011).
 S. Hormozi, K. WielageBurchard and I.A. Frigaard, “Entry, start up and stability effects in viscoplastically lubricated pipe flows.” J. Fluid Mech., 166 (56), pp. 262278 (2011).
 S. Hormozi, K. WielageBurchard and I.A. Frigaard, “Multilayer channel flows with yield stress fluids.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech. 166, (56), pp. 262278 (2011).
 M. MoyersGonzalez, I.A. Frigaard and C. Nouar, “Stable twolayer flows at all Re; viscoplastic lubrication of shearthinning and viscoelastic fluids.” J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., 165, (2324), pp. 15781587, (2010).
 C.K. Huen, I.A. Frigaard and D.M. Martinez, “Experimental studies of multilayer flows using a viscoplastic lubricant”, J. NonNewtonian Fluid Mech., 142, pp. 150–161, (2007).
 M. MoyersGonzalez, I.A. Frigaard and C. Nouar, “Nonlinear stability of a viscoplastically lubricated shear flow.” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 506, pp.117146, (2004).
 M. MoyersGonzalez and I.A. Frigaard, “Numerical solution of duct flows of multiple viscoplastic fluids” J. NonNewtonian Fluid Mech., 127, pp. 227241, (2004).
 I.A. Frigaard, “Superstable parallel flows of multiple viscoplastic fluids.” J. NonNewtonian Fluid Mech., 100, pp. 4976, (2001).
Restarting waxy crude oil pipelines:
This has been an active collaboration with colleagues from IFP and from PUCRio.
 We have identified 3 regimes for startup, dominated by friction, compressibility and/or acoustic propagation. Most of these timescales for startup are anyway fast compared with the actual displacement times
 We have also computed compressible displacement flows, using axisymmetric (2D) and reduced models.
 The effects of thixotropy have been explored
 Sometimes it is possible to restart pipelines below the incompressible pressure limit, combining thixotropic and compressible effects
 We are studying this in a reduced model, to try to derive semianalytical predictions of startup
 We are investigating different models for compressibility, due to different bubble distributions in the oil phase, and seeing how this affects the yield stress
Research Sponsors:
 NSERC
Relevant Work:
 G.V.L. Moises, M.F. Naccache, K. Alba, I. Frigaard. "Isodense displacement flow of viscoplastic fluids along a pipe." Journal of NonNewtonian Fluid Mechanics. 236: pp 91103 (2016).
 A. Wachs, G. Vinay & I. Frigaard, “1.5D model for start up of weakly compressible viscoplastic and thixotropic fluid in pipelines”, J. nonNewt. Fluid Mech., 159(13), pp. 8194, (2009).
 I. Frigaard, G. Vinay and A. Wachs “Compressible displacements flows of waxy crude oils in long pipeline startup flows”, J. nonNewtonian Fluid Mech., 147, (12), pp. 4564 (2007).
 G. Vinay, A. Wachs and I. Frigaard, “Startup transients and efficient computation of isothermal waxy crude oil flows” J. nonNewtonian Fluid Mech., 143, pp. 141156, (2007).
 G. Vinay, A. Wachs and I. Frigaard, “Startup of gelled waxy crude oil pipelines: a new analytical relation to predict the restart pressure.” Soc. Petrol. Eng. paper number: SPE 122443, (2009).