Subsea Engineering

Faculty

Cumaraswamy Vipulanandan (Vipu), Ph.D., P.E.

Cumaraswamy Vipulanandan (Vipu), Ph.D., P.E.

Professor of Civil Engineering, Director of Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology (CIGMAT), Director of Texas Hurricane Center for Innovative Technology (THC-IT)

Email: 

cvipulanandan [at] uh [dot] edu

Phone: 

713-743-4278

Engineering Expertise: 

Materials: Smart Cement, Smart Drilling Mud, Piezoresistive Materials, Grouts, Repair Materials, Nanomaterials, Superconductors, Soils, Rocks, Pipes, Fracture and Corrosion

Environmental: Biosurfactant Production, Treatment of Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (DNAPLS), Biodegradation, Solidification-Stabilization, Bio-Nano Interaction, Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC) and Oil Contamination

Geotechnical: Soil Treatment, Soft Soils, Down Hole Penetrometers, Piles, Pipes, In-situ Testing, Rocks, Grouting

Modeling: Constitutive Behavior of Materials, Fracture Mechanics, Pile-Soil Interaction, Oil Pipe-Soil Interaction

Subsea Engineering Experience: 

Oil Wells

  • Development of Smart Cement
  • Development of Smart Drilling Muds
  • Fluid Loss Control
  • Sensing Methods
  • Well Bore Simulations
  • Large Scale Model Tests
  • Modeling

Oil Pipelines

  • Development of Pipe-in-Pipe Configurations
  • Axial and Lateral Sliding
  • High Temperature/High Pressure Buckling
  • Failure Mitigation Methods
  • Decommissioning of Pipelines
  • Large Scale Model Tests
  • Modeling

Oil Spills

  • Development Biological Water Soluble Dispersants
  • Bio-Chemical-Physics-Engineers Interaction
  • Modeling