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Mr Kenneth Afebu



Formation Characterisation for Real-Time Self-Optimising Controlled Drilling System 

Kenneth Afebu currently has a new role as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the College of Engineering, Mathematics & Physical Sciences under an EPSRC New Horizons project.

His research as a PhD student was focused on characterising downhole bit-rock impact motions and rock layers in real-time using measurable vibration dynamics and machine learning. The study was essential for optimising and automating the resonantly instigated Vibro-Impact Drilling (VID) system as a new type of rotary-percussive drilling system. He was supervised by Dr Yang Liu and Dr Evangelos Papatheou, both in the College of Engineering, Mathematics & Physical Sciences. Kenneth's previous researches include Leakage Characterisation in Gas Pipeline Using OLGA simulator and ANN, Hydro-geophysical Characterisation of Basement Complex Aquifers and Geoelectric Characterisation of Seepage in an Earth Embankment Dam.

He holds a BSc degree in Geology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a master’s degree in Applied Geophysics from the same university before proceeding to the University of Salford, UK where he obtained a master’s degree in Petroleum and Gas Engineering with distinction.