2010 Ultra-Deepwater

Hydrate Modeling & Flow Loop Experiments for Water Continuous & Dispersed Systems

Subcontractor: Colorado School of Mines (CSM)

Principal Investigator: Carolyn Koh
Project Number Project Status
10121-4202-01 Active
RPSEA Project Manager: James Pappas
Participants
The University of Tulsa
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
August 2, 2012 May 1, 2015
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$881,003.00 $692,544.00 $179,649.00
Project Objectives

Hydrates continue as the most important flow assurance problem; an order of magnitude larger than waxes/asphaltenes. The project objectives are to: (1) modify the current pressure drop modeling approach to account for a free water phase, (2) perform flow loop experiments at the University of Tulsa to identify and quantify the key parameters affecting pressure drop, (3) incorporate the pressure drop model with the growth rate model in CSMHyK-fw, (4) validate the improved CSMHyK-fw model by predicting flow loop experiments, (5) model development for water+gas and water+gas+oil (continuous and partially dispersed) systems.

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