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Sergei Boronin

Senior Research Scientist
Center for Hydrocarbon Recovery

Professor: Andrei Osiptsov

Sergei has a strong background in fluid mechanics with the particular focus on modeling multiphase and particle-laden flows. He received his MSc and Candidate of Sciences degrees at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, in 2005 and 2008 respectively. In 2002-2012, while working at the Laboratory of Multiphase Fluid Mechanics of the MSU Institute of Mechanics, Sergei led the theoretical study of hydrodynamic stability of various particle-laden flows. In 2006-2011, Sergei carried out applied research activities in multiphase fluid mechanics at the Schlumberger Moscow Research as a part-time scientific consultant. In 2011, Sergei has joined University of Brighton in UK as a Research Fellow where he led the theoretical study of hydrodynamic instability and break-up of multiphase jets for 9 months.  From mid-2012 to the end of 2016, Sergei was a full-time Senior Research Scientist with Schlumberger Moscow Research, carrying out mathematical modelling of multiphase particle-laden flows during hydraulic fracturing and fracture flowback.

Sergei led, or contributed to, at least 8 academic research projects under governmental grants and 8 applied research projects in Schlumberger. He is the author of over 65 publications including 16 papers in top international and Russian peer-reviewed fluid mechanics journals. He is also an author of 4 patents.

  • Development of novel model for proppant transpor in hydraulic fractures to be implemented into hydraulic fracturing simulator (CyberFrac project);
  • Fines transport in porous media with associated dynamics of permeability due to particle trapping and mobilization.

Selected peer-reviewed papers (out of 16, full list is availible via links to Scopus/Google Scholar/CV in the left part of the web-page):

  1. Boronin, S. A. and Osiptsov, A. N. (2008) Stability of a disperse-mixture flow in a boundary layer. Fluid Dynamics, 43(1), 66–76.
  2. Boronin, S. A. (2008). Investigation of the stability of a plane-channel suspension flow with account for finite particle volume fraction. Fluid Dynamics, 43(6), 873–884.
  3. Boronin, S. A. (2009). Hydrodynamic stability of stratified suspension flow in a plane channel. Doklady Physics, 54(12), 536-539.
  4. Boronin, S. A. and Osiptsov, A. A. (2010). Two Continua Model of Suspension Flow in a Hydraulic Fracture. Doklady Physics, 55(4), 199-202.
  5. Boronin, S. A. (2011). Stability of plane Couette dispersed flow with a finite volume fraction of inclusions. Fluid Dynamics, 46(1), 64-71.
  6. Boronin, S. A. (2012). Optimal disturbances of a dusty-gas plane-channel flow with a nonuniform distribution of particles. Fluid Dynamics, 47(3), 351-363.
  7. Boronin, S. A., Healey, J. J. and Sazhin, S. S. (2013). Non-modal stability of round viscous jets. J. Fluid Mech., 716, 96-119.
  8. Boronin, S. A. and Osiptsov A. A. (2014). The Effects of Particle Migration on Suspension Flow in a Hydraulic Fracture. Fluid Dynamics, 49(2), 208-221.
  9. Boronin, S. A., Osiptsov, A. A. and Desroches, J. (2015). Displacement of yield-stress fluids in a fracture. Intl. J. Multiphase Flow, 76, 47-63.
  10. Boronin, S. A. and Osiptsov, A. N. (2014). Modal and Non-Modal Stability of Dusty-Gas Boundary Layer Flow. Fluid Dynamics, 49(6), 770-782.
  11. Tolmacheva, K. I., Boronin S. A. and Osiptsov, A. A. (2015). Multi-Fluid Model of Suspension Filtration in a Porous Medium. Fluid Dynamics 50(6), 759-768.
  12. Boronin, S. A.,  and Osiptsov, A. N. (2016). Nonmodal instability of a stratified plane-channel suspension flow with fine particles. Physical Review E, 93(3), 033107.
  13. Osiptsov, A.A., Boronin, S.A., Zilonova, E.M., Desroches, J. (2018) Managed Saffman-Taylor Instability During Overflush in Hydraulic Fracturuing. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering 162, 513-523.
  14. Boronin, S. A. and Osiptsov, A. N. (2018) Effect of settling particles on the stability of a particle-laden flow in a vertical plane channel. Physics of Fluids 30(3), 034102.


Other publications:

  • 25 papers in conference proceedings;
  • 34 conference abtracts;
  • 4 RU & US patents;
  • 2008 – Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics, Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • 2005 – MSc in Mechanics, Mechanics and Mathematics Faculty, Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • Theoretical fluid mechanics;
  • Multiphase flows;
  • Particle transport;
  • Hydrodynamic stability and flow transition;
  • Multiphase filtration;
  • Fines migration in porous medium;
  • Hydraulic fracturing;
  • Fracture cleanup and production in fractured wells;
  • Numerical methods in fluid mechanics;
  • Awarded by academician G.I. Petrov Prize for the study “Development of hydrodynamic stability theory of multiphase and particle-laden flows”, February 2018 (
  • The 2-nd degree Diploma for the study “Stability of plane-parallel flows of a dusty gas”, Conference-competition for young scientists, Institute of mechanics, MSU, October, 2005.
  • The 3-rd degree Diploma for the study “Hydrodynamic stability of two-phase flows with a finite volume fraction of inclusions”, Conference-competition for young scientists, Institute of mechanics, MSU, October, 2007.
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University Scholarship for talented young scientists (2009) for the study “Development of the hydrodynamic stability theory for dispersed flows”.
  • Awarded by grant for the support of talented students, post-docs and young scientists of Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2009.
  • Leader of the project “Problems of stability and development of local structures in dispersed flows” (Russian Federation Presidential Grant for young Ph.D. researchers 2009-2010, МК-622.2009.1).
  • The 2-nd degree Diploma for the study “Optimal disturbances to dusty-gas boundary-layer flow with a non-uniform particle distribution”, Conference-competition for young scientists, Institute of mechanics, MSU, October, 2012.
  • Diploma for the best oral presentation “Non-modal stability of dispersed flows” [in Russian] at “Fluid Mechanics” section of XI All-Russia congress on fundamental problems in theoretical and applied mechanics, August 20-24 2015, Kazan’.