2012 Ultra-Deepwater

Development of Advanced CFD Tools for the Enhanced Prediction of Explosion Pressure Development and Deflagration Risk on Drilling and Production Facilities

Subcontractor: GexCon US, Inc.

Principal Investigator: Scott Davis
Project Number Project Status
12121-6403-01 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: Gary Covatch
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
August 23, 2014 September 30, 2016
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$4,640,000.00 $3,680,000.00 $960,000.00
Project Objectives

The objective of the project was to provide oil and gas companies operating in the GOM with the tools necessary to design “inherently safer” offshore facilities that can survive gas explosion incidents and prevent escalation. This project enhanced and validated the capabilities of the industry-standard explosion modeling CFD software, FLACS, to aid in reducing the HS&E-related incidents in the GOM. The project has improved and adapted the capabilities of FLACS to predict MCE early in the design phase of GOM UDW drilling and production facilities and provide the information necessary to design facilities to minimize the consequences of explosion incidents. The project was divided into two phases. In Phase 1, the FLACS DDT onset prediction capability was validated for scales and geometries relevant to GOM UDW structures through a series of large-scale experiments to provide data for model validation of FLACS. In Phase 2 an anticipated congestion methodology (ACM) was developed for GOM offshore drilling and production facilities.

 

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Reports
File Type Date
Development of Advanced CFD Tools for the Enhanced Prediction of Explosion Pressure Development and Deflagration Risk on Drilling and Production Facilities ( 142.5 KB ) Roadmap to Close the Technology Gaps 08/15
Development of Advanced CFD Tools for the Enhanced Prediction of Explosion Pressure Development and Deflagration Risk on Drilling and Production Facilities ( 154.1 KB ) Task 5 Concept Report 09/15
Development of Advanced CFD Tools for the Enhanced Prediction of Explosion Pressure Development and Deflagration Risk on Drilling and Production Facilities ( 17.5 MB ) Final Report 12/16
Presentations
Title: Development of Advanced CFD Tools for Enhanced Prediction of Explosion Pressure Development in Early Project Phase and Deflagration to Detonation Transition Risk on US GOM Drilling and Production Facilities - 12/16 ( 14.8 MB )
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